• Villages

    Villages in the Himalaya face unprecedented environmental and economic pressure.

  • Vulnerability

    How does urbanization affect vulnerability to natural disasters in the Himalayas?

  • The Himalayan Region

    Extending over eight countries, the Himalaya is one of the most dynamic mountain systems in the world.

  • Hotspot for Hazards

    Over the past few years, the Himalaya has experienced a number of devastating earthquakes, fires, floods, and landslides.

  • Migration

    Fueled by migration from rural areas, the growth of religious, ecological and adventure tourism, and recent social unrest, towns and urban centers are expanding.

  • Hazards and Urbanization

    The Himalaya is at the confluence of two major trends: natural disasters and urbanization.

Urban Himalaya

How is urbanization reshaping vulnerabilities in the Himalaya?

We are a team of geographers, environmental scientists, anthropologists, and economists working together to answer these questions:

  • Where are settlements changing and how is this affecting the landscape?
  • How do earthquakes, fires, floods, and landslides affect growing urban communities?
  • How does socio-economic status affect sensitivity to hazards?
  • Where and why are urban communities most vulnerable?
  • What explains differences in the vulnerability of urban settlements across the Himalaya?


News and Field Notes

  • Mapping workshop in Suspa, Nepal, January 2020

    Satellite imagery paired with local insights track changes in Nepal

    May 25, 2020
  • Urban Himalaya PI, Karen Seto, teams up with Yale FES Professor, Eli Fenichel, to win RFF Award

    July 25, 2018
  • Eduardo Brondizio Visits Yale FES

    April 18, 2018
  • Cori Grainger Joins the UH Team

    January 15, 2018
  • Team Travels to Survey Sites

    December 29, 2017
  • Collaborative Meeting at Yale F&ES

    September 30, 2017
  • NASA has recently awarded a grant to study the changing urban patterns of the Himalaya

    NASA funds research on urban growth in the Himalaya

    February 24, 2017