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Climate change in the Third Pole - online launch event April 28


The report "A Scientific Assessment of the Third Pole Environment" will be released April 28 in an online event hosted by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Professor Deliang Chen from the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Gothenburg is amongs the authors presenting the report. You can join the launch online and listen in on the latest research findings.

About the report

The report "A Scientific Assessment of the Third Pole Environment"  is the first comprehensive assessment of environmental changes in the Third Pole that aims to present the latest knowledge on climate, freshwater bodies, ecosystems and biodiversity, and human impact on the environment. The assessment started in 2019 and underlines the complex interactions between the climatic and biophysical environment of the Third Pole, including human influence and the importance of interdisciplinary research to address threats affecting this environment the Third Pole faces today and in the near future.

The Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Gothenburg is strongly involved in the international research program called the Third Pole Environment (TPE) with Professor Deliang Cheng acting as one of the co-chairs of the program. The department is host of one of the five TPE centers, where the others are located in the US, Germany, Nepal, and China.

Join the launch event

Date and time: April 28 at 9.00 and 10.30 CET

Join the launch event online here


The event is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and co-organized by UNEP - International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ITPCAS).

About the Third Pole

The Tibetan Plateau and surrounding areas is widely known as the Third Pole (TP) because  it is the largest store of frozen water after the North and South poles. It is also known as the ‘Asian Water Tower’ as it provides water to over two billion people in Asia, 30 per cent of the world’s population.The area contains the largest alpine ecosystem in the world, regulates the climate, protects biodiversity and is socioeconomically important. It covers over 5 million square kilometers with an average altitude of over 4,000 meters above sea level and contains the largest ice mass outside the polar regions.

The Third Pole Environment

The Third Pole Environment (TPE) is an international research programme for the interdisciplinary study of the relationships among the atmosphere, water, cryosphere, ecology and humankind in the Third Pole region and beyond. It was initiated in 2009 and has since developed a series of productive workshops, research and observation networks as well as training courses for young scientists. The Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Gothenburg hosts one of the five TPE centers in the world.