Focus on Science: Sherpa and Climber Perceptions of Glacier Recession in the High Himalaya

PI: Chris Dunn, University of Colorado, Boulder

My research contribution for this expedition will focus on perceptions of glacier recession, particularly comparing those of scientists with the lived experience and traditional beliefs of residents of Sagamartha and Makalu Barun National Parks. I am further interested in how scientific training intersects with traditional beliefs and the implications this may have for conservation and park management. For the most part, I expect this to be a small addition to prior long-term studies. I am also investigating how expeditions and journey narratives can be used as tools in communicating climate it's change, as well as science and environmental issues more broadly.