ICIMOD successfully conducts the Second Annual Regional Atmospheric Science Workshop


The Second Annual Regional Atmospheric Science (SARAS) Workshop was successfully hosted by ICIMOD’s Atmosphere Initiative  from 7--9 June 2014 in Pokhara, Nepal. The workshop was a continuation of the work started at the First Annual Regional Atmospheric Sciences (FARAS) workshop, which took place in June 2013 along with the International Workshop on Atmospheric Composition and Asian Monsoon (ACAM).

Inge Harald Vognild, First Secretary of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu;  Dr Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology and Dr David Molden, Director General of ICIMOD at the opening session of SARAS Workshop at Pokhara. .

Photo: Nabin Baral/ICIMOD

The three-day SARAS workshop aimed to identify gaps in the atmospheric research in the HKH region and to encourage potential collaboration among atmospheric scientists across the region.

The event included 27 talks and 21 poster presentations. More than 70 scientists from the HKH region as well as from Germany and the United States shared their research on key topics in atmospheric science in and around the HKH region, including emissions, atmospheric composition, chemical and physical processes, and the impacts of atmospheric change. In addition, the workshop participants held a detailed discussion about conducting a collaborative multi-country study of the causes of the increasing persistent winter fog that  affects the lives of hundreds of millions of people across large parts of the Indo-Gangetic plains in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan in December and January.

Participants of the Second Annual Regional Atmospheric Science (SARAS) Workshop.

On the last day of the workshop, the participants signed a statement, formally agreeing to work collectively to fill key gaps in knowledge,  to increase cooperation among atmospheric scientists, and to promote regionally coordinated research on transboundary air pollution issues. Their efforts will be geared towards improving research and providing a basis for national and regional policies.  The participants also agreed to share their research and key findings among fellow scientists and with other important stakeholders including policy makers, media, and the general public.