Scientific Committee

Claudio Smiraglia
Researcher/Coordinator Scientist

An international-level glaciologist, Claudio Smiraglia is a Professor in Earth Sciences at the University of Milan, Italy. His field of research is focused on the effects of climate on glaciers, rock glaciers and recent glacial changes. He is the President of the Italian Glaciological Committe, a member of the Ev-K2-CNR Society and the President of the Central Scientific Committee of the Italian Alpine Club. He has published more than 150 scientific essays and numerous articles on glaciology. He partecipated in scientific expeditions to investigate on glaciers all over the world, including the Karakorum, Iceland, the Himalayas, the Andes, Alaska, Antarctica and Africa.

Kenneth Hewitt
Researcher/Scientific Consultant

Professor Emeritus of Geography and Environmental Studies, and Research Associate in the Cold Regions Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. He has led more than fifteen research expeditions in the Karakorum Himalaya, and published extensively on glacial processes and hydrology in the region. Recently he has been repeating the journeys of early Himalayan explorers to establish glacier and environmental changes in the past two centuries. He sits on the editorial boards of Erdkunde, Environmental Hazards: Human and Policy Dimensions, and Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research (Springer). He has four children, lives in Toronto, Ontario, and divides his time between research, publishing and consulting in the above fields, and studying classical music.

Christoph Mayer
Scientific Consultant

Dr. Christoph Mayer is a glaciologist who started his scientific career in the polar regions, working on the ice transport from the Antarctic Ice Sheet and the melt conditions at the Greenland Ice Sheet margin. Since almost ten years he concentrates his scientific work on the effect of climatic variations on mountain glaciers. Melt conditions on debris covered glaciers in Central Asia and the Karakoram, and the temporal evolution of debris covered glacier tongues are at the very core of his research. Based at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, he collaborates with many institutions worldwide on investigating glaciers changes in Asia and the Alps.

Stefano Urbini
Researcher/Scientific Consultant

Geologist, PhD in Geophysics, he is a researcher of the Italian National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia – Rome – Italy) where he is involved in the application of geophysical techniques in the field of environmental resources.He took part in 13 scientific expeditions in Antarctica managed by the Italian National programme for Antarctic researches (PNRA). In four of them, he was a member of the International Trans Antarctic Expedition (ITASE) programme, focused on the study of the last 250 thousand years climate changes. He was a member of the Kamil Crater expedition, with the aim of geophysical characterization of an impact crater in the Sahara desert on behalf of the EISY 2009 (Egypt-Italy Science Year, 2009) agreement. He collaborated, as applied geophysics expert, with the preparatory commission for the Comprehensive nuclear-Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) on the field of the On Site Inspections (OSI). He is the INGV scientific responsible of the “Determination of the ice thickness of Baltoro glacier by radar measurements” in the frame of SHARE-PAPRIKA project managed by the Ev-K2-CNR consortium.