Articles | Volume 22, issue 11
Research article
23 Nov 2022
Research article |  | 23 Nov 2022

Glacial lake outburst flood hazard under current and future conditions: worst-case scenarios in a transboundary Himalayan basin

Simon K. Allen, Ashim Sattar, Owen King, Guoqing Zhang, Atanu Bhattacharya, Tandong Yao, and Tobias Bolch

Data sets

Glacier surface elevation estimates for a glacier in the Poiqu river basin, Central Himalaya O. King

Glacial lake outburst flood simulations for Poiqu Basin A. Sattar and S. Allen

Bathymetry data of glacial lakes in the greater Himalaya G. Zhang

Short summary
This study demonstrates how the threat of a very large outburst from a future lake can be feasibly assessed alongside that from current lakes to inform disaster risk management within a transboundary basin between Tibet and Nepal. Results show that engineering measures and early warning systems would need to be coupled with effective land use zoning and programmes to strengthen local response capacities in order to effectively reduce the risk associated with current and future outburst events.
Final-revised paper