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An overview of physical risks in the Mt. Everest region
journal contributionposted on 12.11.2020, 13:49 by Kimberley Miner, Paul Mayewski, Saraju Baidya, Kenneth Broad, Heather Clifford, Aurora Elmore, Ananta Gajurel, Bibeck Giri, Sam Guilford, Mary Hubbard, Corey Jaskolski, Heather Koldewey, Wei Li, Tom Matthews, Imogen Napper, L Baker Perry, Mariusz Potocki, John Priscu, Alex Tait, Richard Thompson, Subash Tuladhar
In April and May 2019, as part of National Geographic and Rolex's Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition, an interdisciplinary scientific effort conducted a suite of research on the mountain and recognized many changing dynamics, including emergent risks resulting from natural and anthropogenic changes to the biological system. In this paper, the diverse research teams highlight risks to ecosystem and human health, geologic hazards, and changing climbing conditions that may affect the local community, climbers, and trekkers in the future. This Primer brings together perspectives from across the atmospheric, biological, geological, and health sciences to better understand emergent risks on Mt. Everest and in the Khumbu region. Understanding these risks is critical for the ~10,000 people living in the Khumbu region, the thousands of visiting trekkers, and the hundreds of climbers who attempt to summit each year.
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