21–26 March: The 4th international training school on ABC

The 4th international training school on atmospheric brown cloud (ABC) was organised in Kathmandu from 21 to 26 March 2011. Thirty-two participants attended lectures and tutorials by prominent atmospheric scientists from China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nepal, and the USA on various aspects of atmospheric brown clouds and climate change, especially on the theoretical background and current knowledge. They also learned about state-of-the-art instruments for atmospheric aerosol, trace gases, radiation, and meteorological measurement. The training is expected to help participants in their collection, analysis, and interpretation of atmospheric data. The training was part of Project ABC launched in 2002 by the United Nations Environment Programme in collaboration with a team of distinguished scientists from Asia, Europe, and the USA. The main aim of the project is to study the emerging environmental issues concerning atmospheric brown clouds. The project encompasses capacity building, both in terms of human resources and physical infrastructure in the region, and regularly organises training for young scientists and senior research students.