Our Research on Mountains

Active Projects

2016-2017. Dr. Ulrich Kamp and Ph.D. student Caleb Pan collaborate with Mrs. Fahimeh Salehi from the Green Social Research Organization in Herat, Afghanistan, and Dr. Daniel Fagre from USGS in the project Impact of Climate Change on Runoff from Glaciers, Snow and Rainfall in the Pamir and Hindu Kush Mountains: A Comparison of the Amu Darya and Kabul River Basins, selected by the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) initiative that is funded through USAID and several US Government (USG) supported agencies and administered by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Since 2010. Dr. Ulrich Kamp and Dr. Michael Walther, National University of Mongolia, co-direct the Regional Center for Mongolia for the Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) initiative.

Completed Projects

Environment & Society

2016. Ph.D. student Caleb Pan (supervised by Dr. Ulrich Kamp) collaborated with Dr. Michael Walther, WWF Mongolia, in the project Capacity Building for Environmental Monitoring in the Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia, funded by the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia.

2015-2016. Lecturer Kevin McManigal and his students created a set of topographic maps of Parsa Wildlife Reserve in Nepal for Panthera, the world’s premiere big cat conservation organization.

2015-2016. Dr. Sarah Halvorson spent a year at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and worked on the project Climate Change Perceptions and Adaptation Scenarios in Slovenia, awarded with a Fulbright Fellowship.

2015. Graduate student Verena Henners (supervised by Dr. Ulrich Kamp and Rick Graetz) carried out interviews for her project Protecting the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem: Conservation History in the Swan and Blackfoot Valleys, Montana, funded by the Cinnebar Foundation.

2013-2015. Dr. Sarah Halvorson and Dr. Ulrich Kamp collaborated with Dr. Keith Bosak, College of Forestry and Conservation, Dr. William Holben, Division of Biological Sciences, and Dr. Aaron Thomas, Indigenous Research and STEM Education, in the project Impacts of Climate Change and Changes in Socio-economic Structure on Traditional Agriculture and the Development of Sustainable Communities among Indigenous Populations. The project was funded by the United States-India Education Foundation Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI). Along with the study of climate change and socio-economic change, this project also provided field research opportunities in India for Native American graduate students interested in the STEM fields. Partnering with Kumaun University (KU) in Uttarakhand, India, the project provided opportunities for graduate students, faculty, and administrators from both universities to engage in research and cultural exchange activities around the project themes. KU is a research-based institution that is recognized for interdisciplinary research focused specifically on mountain environments. Given its location in the Indian Himalaya, KU closely interacts with indigenous communities through active research agendas. Ongoing research is focused on mountain-society interactions, biodiversity, sustainable socio-economic development, climate change studies, and indigenous perspectives.

Geomorphology

2016-2017. Dr. Ulrich Kamp, Ph.D. student Caleb Pan and graduate student Morgan Voss collaborated with Dr. Daniel Fagre, USGS, in the project Snow Avalanche Information System (SAIS) for Glacier National Park, Montana, funded by USGS.

2005. Dr. Ulrich Kamp traveled to Pakistan to participate in an international expedition to K2 in northern Pakistan. The team collaborated in the project Alpine Glaciation and Mass-Movement Relief Production in the Western Himalayas, funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and the University of Montana.

2003. Dr. Ulrich Kamp traveled to Venezuela and collaborated with Dr. Jose Roa-Lobo, Univerisidad de Los Andes--Trujillo, in the project Geomorphic Analysis of the Central Cordillera de Merida, Venezuelan Andes, Using ASTER Satellite Data, funded by DePaul University.

2002-2003. Dr. Ulrich Kamp collaborated with Dr. Tobias Bolch, ETH Zurich, in the project Geomorphometric Analysis of ASTER DEM for Cerro Sillajhuay, Andes, Chile/Bolivia.  

1996-1998. Dr. Ulrich Kamp carried out studies for the project Intramontane Valley Sediments and Terrace Systems in Chitral, Pakistani Hindu Kush. Habitus, Genesis and Land Use Potential, funded by the German Research Foundation.

Glaciers and Snow

2015-2016. Dr. Ulrich Kamp, Ph.D. student Caleb Pan and graduate student Jonathan Byers collaborated with Dr. Danial Fagre, USGS, and Empire Unmanned in the project Glacier Monitoring Using Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Flights in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, funded by the University of Montana.

2013. Graduate student Caleb Pan (supervised of Dr. Ulrich Kamp) completed the project Inventory of Mongolian Glaciers for the Global Land Ice Measurement from Space (GLIMS) Program, funded by the American Alpine Club and MontanaView.

2010-2011 and 2012. Dr. Ulrich Kamp carried out studies at the Institute for Space Sciences at Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany, in the project Glacier Monitoring in the Mongolian Altai Mountains Using GIScience Technology, funded by a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany.

2010-2011. Dr. Sarah Halvorson and Dr. Ulrich Kamp were members of a team that developed strategies for the Monitoring of Glaciers, Climate, and Runoff in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya Mountains for the World Bank.

2010. Then graduate student (now lecturer) Kevin McManigal and Dr. Ulrich Kamp traveled to Mongolia and collaborated with Dr. Michael Walther, National University of Mongolia, in the project Retracing the 1910 Carruthers Royal Geographical Society Expedition to the Turgun Mountains of Mongolia: Reconstruction of a Century of Glacier Variations, funded by the American Alpine Club and the American Center for Mongolian Studies.

2010. Then graduate student (now lecturer) Kevin McManigal (supervised by Dr. Sarah Halvorson and Dr. Ulrich Kamp) traveled to the Himalaya of Bhutan and collaborated with the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment in the project An Investigation of Glacial Retreat and Impacts on Water Security in the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan, funded by local partner, the American Alpine Club, and the University of Montana. 

2008. Dr. Ulrich Kamp traveled to Ladakh to carry out studies for the two projects Mapping of Geomorphology and Glaciers in the Ladakh and Zanskar Ranges (India) Using Remote Sensing Techniques, funded by the University of Montana.

2004. Dr. Ulrich Kamp traveled to Peru to carry out studies for the project ASTER DEM Generation for Mapping the 20th Century Recession of the Quelccaya Ice Cap, Cordillera Vilcanota, funded by DePaul University.

2001-2002. Dr. Ulrich Kamp worked at the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Nebraska--Omaha and collaborated with Dr. John F. Shroder and Dr. Michael Bishop in the project Characterization of Glaciers in the High Mountains of Pakistan from Satellite Images. A Comparison of LANDSAT-7, SPOT and ASTER Data, funded by a fellowship from the Max Kade Foundation.

Hazards and Disasters

2010. Graduate student Shah Faisal Khan (supervised by Dr. Sarah Halvorson and Dr. Ulrich Kamp) traveled to Pakistan to carry out studies for the project The 2005 Kashmir Earthquake: Assessment of Landslides and Rebuilding Efforts, funded by the University of Montana.

2005 and 2006. Dr. Ulrich Kamp traveled to Pakistan and collaborated with Dr. Lewis Owen, University of Cincinnati, in the project Geomorphic and Human Consequences of the October 8, 2005, Northern Pakistan Earthquake, funded by the National Science Foundation. Part of the team were also graduate students Jennifer Parker (supervised by Dr. Sarah Halvorson) and Benjamin Growley (supervised by Dr. Ulrich Kamp), and colleagues from the National Centre of Excellence at the University of Peshawar.

Water Resources

2016. Ph.D. student Caleb Pan (supervised by Dr. Ulrich Kamp) and Dr. Michael Walther, WWF Mongolia, initiated the establishment of a high-resolution long-term climate monitoring network in Mongolia. So far, four stations have been installed in valley and top locations in the Tsengel Kharikhan and Kharkhiraa Uul mountains, while one has been put in snow leopard habitat in the Jargalaant Khairkhan Mountains. More station set-ups will follow in 2017.

2015-2016. Ph.D. student Caleb Pan (supervised by Dr. Ulrich Kamp) spent a year at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences in Ulaanbaatar, working on his project Mountain Glaciers and Desert Lakes: Water Availability in the Mongolian Altai, awarded with a Fulbright Scholarship.

2015-2016. Dr. Ulrich Kamp and Ph.D. student Caleb Pan collaborated with hydrologist Dr. Donald Alford in the project Stream Fow Formation in the Sapta Koshi Basin, Nepal: Glaciers, Snowmelt and Rainfall as Components of Basin Runoff, funded by the World Bank.

2014. Ph.D. student Caleb Pan (supervised by Dr. Ulrich Kamp) traveled to Mongolia and collaborated with Dr. Michael Walther, National University of Mongolia, in the project Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on the Contribution of Glaciers to the Hydrology in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia, funded by the American Center for Mongolian Studies.

In 2013/2014, Dr. Ulrich Kamp and Ph.D. student Caleb Pan collaborated with hydrologist Dr. Donald Alford in the project Assessing the Role of Glaciers in the Hydrologic Regime of the Amu Darya and Syr Darya Rivers, funded by the World Bank.

2009. Graduate student Brandon Krumwiede and Dr. Ulrich Kamp traveled to Mongolia and collaboated with Dr. Michael Walther, National University of Mongolia, in the project Water Resources and Climate Change in Mönkh Khairkhan National Park, Western Mongolia, funded by the American Alpine Club, the American Center for Mongolian Studies, and the University of Montana.

2008. Graduate student Shane Thurlo and Dr. Ulrich Kamp traveled to Ladakh to carry out studies for the project Water Resources and the Transformation of Society in Ladakh, India: The Case Study of Stok, funded by the University of Montana.

2007. Graduate student Martin Byrne (supervised by Dr. Ulrich Kamp) traveled to Ladakh to work on the project Mapping of Geomorphology and Glaciers in the Ladakh and Zanskar Ranges (India) Using Remote Sensing Techniques, funded by the University of Montana.

2006. Dr. Ulrich Kamp traveled to Ladakh to work on the project Mapping of Geology, Geomorphology, and Land Cover in the Ladakh, Zanskar, and Lahul Ranges (India) Using Remote Sensing Techniques, funded by the University of Montana.