On Friday June 2nd Walter Immerzeel (Utrecht University) received the Boussinesq Prize 2017 awarded by prof. Bob Su. Walter Immerzeel has quickly become one of the most influential and highly cited young scientists in mountain hydrology, in particular on the effect of climate change on snow and glaciers in High Mountain Asia (HMA) and how this affects future water resources. He developed a unique interdisciplinary research line in which innovative fieldwork, remote sensing, meso-scale regional circulation modelling and glacio-hydrological models are combined to elucidate glacio-hydrological processes at the catchment scale. The acquired process understanding is used to assess the effects of climate change ont he glacio-hydrology and water resources of High Mountain Asia as a whole.
During the Boussinesq Spring Meeting 2017 in Enschede Walter gave a keynote presentation on “Recent advances in understanding climate, glacier and river dynamics in high mountain Asia”. The presentation gave an excellent overview on all the interesting work Walter and his team carried out in the though climate and landscape of the Himalayas.