Field sampling works begin in Dhaap Lake


The team for Innovative Fund entitled “Assessment of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) Emission from the High Altitude Peatland Ecosystems in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region” has finally made some headway in its first field-sampling campaign.

The campaign began in the selected core site of Dhaap Lake located in the headwaters of Nagmati River near Chisapani of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park from 22 through 24 July 2013. The Dhaap Lake sits at 2,089 m above main sea level. 

The six-member team comprised two ICIMOD staffs, Dr Dan Zhu and Nabin Bhattarai, three Master’s students from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, and one park staff from Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park. 

Three dominant plant communities close to the outlet of Dhaap Lake were selected as intensive study sites. Dr Dan Zhu trained the members on the purpose of the project, principles, and technology of sampling. To get a better understanding of diurnal variation of GHG emission, there will be four diurnal monitoring in July, September, November, and January (2014). 

Further, to assess the seasonal variation of GHG emission, there will be one sampling campaign every week throughout this monsoon. In the dry season through summer season ending next April there will be one sampling campaign every 10 days.

The first field sampling was planned for an earlier date; however, it took much longer than expected to get the permission from Nepal’s Ministry of Forests & Soil Conservation. This also delayed the planned research work in the country’s national parks. 

In the mean time, field-sampling work is being implemented in another site of the project, Bishazaari Lake in Chitwan, since 10 June 2013. For the field work in Chisapani, some difficulties with regard to traffic and transportation between Kathmandu to Chisapani is expected because of high frequency and volume of rainfall that could easily lead to landslides. 

However, the core team members, Dr Dan Zhu and Nabin Bhattarai, shall organize and monitor the implementation of the project continuously.