Himalayas to Ocean

by Toby Smith

Himalayas to Ocean (H2O) is the story of communities, climate change, and the transformative power of water.  In the shadow of Everest looms the threat of anthropogenic climate change, a force that stands to forever alter the confluence of people and place in the Himalayas. Himalayas to Ocean is a multimedia project and expedition.

In September 2017, expedition members set out to trace the role of water from the world’s highest peaks to low-lands valleys through the places and communities most strikingly sculpted by it. Along the way, personal accounts were collected of the communities and cultures experiencing change at the water’s edge.  We are an Environmental Change Institute (University of Oxford) affiliated project, and partner with the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). The ECI has a track record for producing research on climate change with expertise in water, food and energy.  ICIMOD is a world-renowned organisation working on climate change impact and adaptation in the Himalayas. Those collaborations will provide us with supervision and expertise on the region throughout the project to ensure H2O reflects the realities on the ground and maximises impact.

We are a multidisciplinary team comprised of researchers and professionals largely based at the University of Oxford. Drawn together by a common passion, we aim to combine our diverse skillsets and interests to better understand the role water plays in weaving together communities and climate change.

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