17–23 April: Training on Hydrological and Meteorological Real Time Data Acquisition

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A seven-day training programme on Hydrological and Meteorological Real Time Data Acquisition was held in Nepalgunj from 17 to 23 April to familiarise members of the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Nepal, with the latest international hydrological and meteorological equipment. The training was jointly organised by the DHM and ICIMOD with a resource person from Real Time Solutions (RTS). The programme was attended by 18 members of the DHM from Kathmandu and from the Karnali Basin. The equipment is being installed in various sites in the Kailash Sacred Landscape, Nepal (KSL-Nepal) for long-term climate monitoring in the Kailash Sacred Landscape. The training was highly interactive with members of the DHM sharing their experiences with the current situation of hydro and weather stations and problems faced at various sites, including security of equipment. The training sessions consisted of a basic introduction to data, data communication, the telemetry system, OTT data loggers, and hydrological and meteorological equipment. The overall results of the training are yet to be seen, but the hydrological and meteorological stations have been installed in the proposed sites and the constant monitoring and data management has begun.

At the same time, a visit to the proposed sites for automatic weather station  installation was made by Dr Keshav Sharma, Deputy Director General , DHM, Dr K.P. Oli and Dr Uday Sharma from ICIMOD, and Mr Roman Roehrl, GIZ. This resulted in the identification of two hydrological and three meteorological sites in Patan (Baitadi), Chameliya (Darchula), and Chainpur (Bajhang). Site acquisition and installation are under way.