ICIMOD's First Annual Regional Atmospheric Science Workshop

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Background

ICIMOD recently established the Atmosphere Initiative within its newly formed Regional Programme on Cryosphere and Atmosphere. As a part of this initiative, ICIMOD is hosting the First Annual Regional Atmospheric Science Workshop to foster communication and collaboration across borders among scientists working on atmospheric issues in the region. The workshop is scheduled to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal on Thursday and Friday, 13-14 June 2013. The dates have been chosen to allow participants to also attend the international workshop on Atmospheric Composition and the Asian Monsoon (ACAM) that ICIMOD is co-hosting on 9-12 June 2013 in Kathmandu.  

Objectives

ICIMOD’S First Annual Regional Atmospheric Science (FARAS) Workshop has the following objectives:

  • To map out who does what.  
    • What institutions, research groups, and individual scientists are currently conducting research on emissions, atmospheric composition, atmospheric chemical and physical processes, or impacts of atmospheric change relevant to the HKH region?
  • To map out what has already been measured and where, and who does what kind of modeling work.
    • What atmospheric monitoring stations exist within the region, and what parameters are routinely measured?
  • To begin to design a Regional Monitoring Plan.
    • What are the major data gaps in the region?
    • In what areas could scientific understanding by improved by coordinating atmospheric monitoring activities across borders?
    • Who is interested in helping to write a Regional Monitoring Plan document?
  • To map out potential future cross-border collaborations and field campaigns.
    • What interests exist for collaborations that ICIMOD could help facilitate?
    • What kind of international field campaigns are people interested in participating in?
  • To discuss the potential for increased data sharing across the region. 

Participants

We expect 50-60 participants from among the following groups:

  • Scientists from HKH member countries who have been selected to give oral presentations or to present posters at the ACAM meeting.
  • Select presenters at ACAM from outside the HKH region whose work is relevant to ICIMOD.
  • Participants of the SusKat Field Campaign.
  • Other scientists from the HKH region not presenting at ACAM, with whom ICIMOD would like to collaborate.
  • ICIMOD in-house participants.