HKH-HYCOS Regional Training on Database Management


ICIMOD, in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), and Real Time Solutions (RTS), organized a three-day Regional Training on Database Management under the framework of Establishing a Regional Flood Information System in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH-HYCOS), a project supported by the Government of Finland. Through the HYCOS project, ICIMOD and its partner organizations are working to reduce the adverse impacts of floods by improving regional hydrological and meteorological observation and ensuring that these life-saving observations are transmitted to relevant authorities in real-time. In Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Pakistan, 23 real-time hydrometeorological stations have been installed and are transmitting data in real-time to a Regional Flood Information System (RFIS). 

The training, held 26-28 November at ICIMOD headquarters, introduced RFIS and Quality Control (QC) procedures to hydro-meteorological agencies from the four involved countries. The training was conducted by resource persons from ICIMOD, RTS, and FMI along with two international consultants and contained both instruction and hands-on exercises. Altogether, 13 representatives from six partner organizations were familiarized with the operation and maintenance of the RFIS and the development of QC rules. The training provided a theoretical background and practical experience to the participants in mapping and retrieving data, quality control procedures, remote device configuration, and maintaining the content management system. Participants provided feedback to improve the draft training manual and acknowledged ICIMOD’s contribution in not only introducing new technologies but also in developing their capacities to use them.