Abstract—Glaciers of mid latitude region are retreating
because of global warming acceleration. The Glacial avalanche
hazards cause catastrophe in Shigar and Shyok basins. Using
Satellite and Topographic data, assessment of glacial avalanche
hazards is conducted in this research. The study presents the
glacial avalanche hazard assessment in visible and thermal
bands based on various methods of image classification. The
Digital Elevation Model (DEM) is incorporated to gauge the
indicators of glacial avalanche hazard as orientation, slope and
elevation of the glaciers in the study area. The location of a site
vis-à-vis a glacier, melting behavior of the glaciers and
geo-morphology of the parent surface are taken as indicators of
glacial avalanche hazard. The results of the study show that
settlements in Shyok basin are found more prone to glacial
avalanche hazard in comparison with Shigar basin which has
resulted in destruction of infrastructure and heavy loss of
Index Terms—Accumulation, anthropogenic, glacial avalanche, seismic, terminus.
The authors are with the Department of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System, IGIS, National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
Cite: Syed Naseem Abbas Gilany and Javed Iqbal, "Glacial Avalanche Hazard’s Comparative Geospatial Analysis in Shigar and Shyok Basins," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 17-23, 2018.