Introduction to Data Analysis Workshop for students from Kathmandu University at ICIMOD

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Large volumes of meteorological, hydrological, and glaciological data are being generated by the Hindu Kush Himalayan Cryosphere Monitoring Project (CMP), a project which aims to assess changes in the glaciers, snow, and glacier hydrology in the HKH region, with a special focus on strengthening the capacity of organizations in Nepal. Recognizing the importance of the ability to analyse these datasets quickly and objectively, a three-day training workshop was organized at ICIMOD Headquarters 28–30 January to build the capacity of partners in Nepal perform this task. 

The primary objective of the workshop was to provide students from the MS Glaciology programme at Kathmandu University (KU) with hands-on training in the use of MATLAB, a common scientific computing language used globally for scientific investigations, modelling, and data analyses. A total of thirteen lessons were provided over the course of the workshop, which included topics such as data importing, basic plotting, statistical analyses, and functional writing. The skills gained during the workshop will not only assist these students in the preparation of their MS thesis, but will also serve them in future academic and scientific endeavours.