Share Everest 2008 project

The United Nations declared 2008 the International Year of Planet Earth and increasing attention will be dedicated to the health of the Earth and, of course, to climate change.

Mountains should be considered sensitive sensors of the planet’s health, as much as the coral reefs.  Mountains have in fact been recognized as privileged indicators of the effects of climate change.  In a recent declaration, the United Nations General Assembly:
“Underlines that mountain regions offer a wealth of vital resources like water, timber, minerals as well as energy resources, particularly renewable energy resources, such as hydropower, wind and geothermal…. Also recognizes that mountains provide early indications of global climate change through phenomena such as the retreat of glaciers and the modifications of biological diversity”

From more then 20 years, EvK2CNR has been promoting scientific research in mountain areas, making the highest mountain in the world its home. This is why EvK2CNR has developed and is executing the project SHARE: Stations at High Altitude for Research on the Environment, comprising a network of observatories for climate and environmental monitoring in collaboration with UNEP, WMO, NASA, ESA and IUCN.

Building upon this foundation, given the opportunity created by decades of logistical collaboration with the world of mountaineering and following the success of the EvK2-NR Side Event: “Climate Change and Sustainable Development in High Altitude and Remote Areas” at the 15th United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, the idea for the SHARE-Everest 2008 project was born.

SHARE Everest 2008

SHARE
We began studying the roof of the world, Mount Everest.  Gradually, in order to obtain a more complete picture of the current situation, we reached out to other continents with a network of stations for monitoring climate, environment and geophysics at high altitude going from Asia to Italy and Africa. This approach has provided a clearer picture of both global change phenomena as well as the regional and local impacts. Mountains have in fact been confirmed on the international climate change research scene as fundamental locations for describing the evolution and impacts of global scale processes.

EVEREST
EvK2CNR and the world’s highest mountain have a long history, as testified by our name, in which the “Ev” stands for Everest.  It is no coincidence that EvK2CNR is committed to facilitating sustainable management of the Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest in Nepali) National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in collaboration with IUCN and ICIMOD.

EvK2CNR story on the top of the world:
Everest 1989 - Installation of the Pyramid Laboratory-Observatory at 5.050 m. s.l.m.
Everest 1992 - First measurements on the summit with GPS techniques
Everest 2004 - Measurement of the summit cap with Georadar
Everest 2006 - ABC Pyramid, the highest atmospheric monitoring station installed at 5.079 m.s.l.m. –SHARE network
SHARE EVEREST 2008 - Continue measurement and transmission of summit temperature
SHARE EVEREST 2008 - Installation of a weather station at South Col (8.000 m. s.l.m.)

SHARE Everest 2008

A MOUNTAINEERING, SCIENTIFIC, SIMBOLIC AND COMMUNICATION EVENT
SHARE-Everest has several milestones set to reach between April and June 2008:

1 - International conference “MOUNTAINS AS EARLY INDICATORS OF CLIMATE CHANGE”

This international conference will be a high-level scientific meeting hosted by the University of Padua and organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-Vienna Office.  Given EvK2CNR’s recognized and appreciated expertise in high altitude scientific research, UNEP invited us to act as co-organizers of the event, along with the University of Padua and EURAC.

2 - Installation of a sensor to determine the temperature on the summit of Mt. Everest (8,848 m a.s.l.)

3 - Installation of a monitoring station on Everest’s South Col at 8,000 m s.l.m.)

These two scientific aspects of the expedition (summit thermal sensor and weather station at South Col) will add to the data collected by SHARE station instruments already functioning in Nepal:
Station AWS NP: Nepal 3,560 m a.s.l.
Station AWS 2: Nepal 4,258 m a.s.l.
Station AWS 3: Nepal 2,660 m a.s.l.
Station AWS 1: Nepal 5,050 m a.s.l.
Station ABC Pyramid (NCO-P): Nepal 5,079 m a.s.l.