Syed Iqbal Hasnain

Former Consultant

This is the profile of a former staff member, affiliate, intern, or guest author. Biographical information is not maintained and may be out of date.

Syed Iqbal Hasnain is a consultant for the Environmental Security Program at the Stimson Center, and currently serves as Chairman of the Glacier and Climate Change Commission established by the State Government of Sikkim (India). He is a member of several high-level committees, including the United Nations Environment Program Committee on Global Assessment of Black Carbon and Troposphere Ozone, and the International Mid-Term Review Committee commissioned by international donors to review the International Center for Mountain and Research Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal.

Between 2002 and 2006, Hasnain served as a vice-chancellor (President) of the University of Calicut, India. Previously, he held the post of Professor of Glaciology, Jawaharlal Nehru University (India), where he introduced glaciology as a subject at the post-graduate research level. He has published a book as well as research papers in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Glaciology and the Journal of Hydrology. Through lectures, television interviews, and articles featuring him in popular international magazines like Nature and leading Indian newspapers, he has long advocated the impact of long-lived carbon dioxide and short-lived climate forcers like black carbon, methane, and ozone on the Himalayan-Tibetan glaciers. Time magazine prominently featured Hasnain’s work in its December 14, 2009 article “Climate Change: The Tragedy of the Himalayas”.

Professor Hasnain was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009 by the President of India for his contributions to advancing the science of glaciology in India.

 

Selected Publications

Hasnain, Syed Iqbal. “Shrinking Cryosphere in South Asia, Mountain Witnesses of Global Changes”, in Developments in Earth Surface Processes, R. Baudo, G. Tarter, and E. Vuillermoz (eds.), Elsevier, 2007, p. 342.

Vohra, C. P., Hasnain, S. I., Kumar, S., Ahmed, S., and Tayal, S. “Glaciers of India” in Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World, Williams, R. S. Jr. and Ferringno, J.G. (eds.), US Geological Survey Professional Paper, 2005, 1386-D.

Hasnain, Syed Iqbal, Jose P.G., Ahmad, S. and Negi, D.C. “Character of the sub-glacial drainage system in the ablation area of Dokraini glacier, India, as revealed by dye-tracer studies”. Journal of Hydrology, 2001, Vol. 248 (1-4), 216-223.

Hasnain. S.I. and Thayyen, R. J. “Controls on the major-ion chemistry of the Dokraini glacier meltwaters, Ganga Basin, Garhwal Himalaya, India”. Journal of Glaciology, 1999, Vol. 45 (No. 149), pp. 87-92.

Hasnain, Syed Iqbal. “Factors controlling suspended sediment transport in Himalayan glacier meltwaters”, Journal of Hydrology, 1996, 181, 49-62.

 

Additional Commentary by Syed Iqbal Hasnain.

Research & Writing

Report
Water Challenges and Cooperative Response in the Middle East and North Africa

Societies across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have long balanced the competing water demands of households, industry, and agriculture. Careful management of water resources has been an absolute necessity in this region where annual renewable…

Commentary
Syed Iqbal Hasnain on South Asia’s water equation

Distinguished Visiting Fellow Syed Iqbal Hasnain published in the Khaleej Times on “South Asia’s water equation.” The article can be found here.

Commentary
Syed Iqbal Hasnain on the Pakistan floods

Distinguished Visiting Fellow Syed Iqbal Hasnain was published in the Dawn newspaper of Pakistan on the flood disaster. 

Commentary
Syed Iqbal Hasnain on the need for an international treaty to protect the Tibetan Plateau

Distinguished Visiting Fellow Syed Iqbal Hasnain published in The Economic Times an op-ed about the need for an international treaty to protect the Tibetan Plateau

Commentary
Syed Iqbal Hasnain on reforming the IPCC

Distinguished Visiting Fellow Syed Iqbal Hasnain was published in the Khaleej Times discussing the IPCC reform process and the role of the United States in global climate change negotiations.

Commentary
Syed Iqbal Hasnain on water and strategy in Tibet

Distinguished Visiting Fellow Syed Iqbal Hasnain published an article titled River Runs Through It in The Times of India on the strategic and water situation in Tibet. The article can be found here.

Choose Your Subscription Topics
* indicates required
I'm interested in...
38 North: News and Analysis on North Korea
South Asian Voices