School of Surveying Te Kura Kairūri academic instrumental in supporting Nepalese surveyors to measure Mount Everest for the first time.
By Dr. Chris Pearson and Guy Frederick, Sciences Communications Adviser, University of Otago.
(Published in Surveying+Spatial Magazine Issue 104, March 2021)
Mt Everest’s new height of 8,848.86 metres was announced in a joint statement by Nepal and China, marking a small increase from the commonly referenced height of 8,848m, established by the Survey of India in 1954, the year after Sir Ed reached the summit of the world’s highest peak.
Dr Pearson, an Honorary Senior Fellow of School of Surveying, says his involvement supporting Nepalese surveyors reach the goal of measuring Mt Everest, and also contributing to the development of the country, has been immensely gratifying.
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