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Atmospheric Watch Initiative
The atmospheric watch initiative comprises of 6 activities.
PhD fellowship programme: Women and men working on their PhDs at universities in the region spend a year working with ICIMOD scientists at the centre.
Regional media training workshop: A week long course was organized for journalists in the region to improve their understanding of atmospheric issues. Twenty-nine journalists from eight ICIMOD member countries participated in this training workshop.
Regional workshop on air quality instrument operation and maintenance: A training course with a combination of presentations and hands-on-experience on installation, maintenance, calibration, trouble shooting, and daily operational aspects of instruments was organized for the technical staffs of government and partner organizations in Bhutan and Nepal.
Likewise, a trainings on WRF Chem model and on remote sensing applications were also organized.
A story grant programme was organized to provide journalists in the region with an opportunity to do in-depth reporting on atmospheric issues. Twelve journalists representing print, radio, television, and internet media outlets from seven countries produced over 60 stories.
Disseminating knowledge to the broad public through websites, articles, film, and other outreach activities, while building a network of scientists and practitioners across the region that share data and knowledge, and collaborate across borders.
A comedy telefilm entitled, Dhuwa was produced by partnering with two famous Nepali comedians. It depicted the health effects and other negative impacts of agricultural open burning and garbage fires. The film was aired on different channels and is also available on ICIMOD YouTube Channel.
Through regular updates to the initiative website and knowledge products, publishing high quality peer-reviewed scientific journals, and disseminating findings through staff articles and other medias, the initiative tailors knowledge to the needs of different audiences.
ICIMOD has brought together atmospheric scientists from the region in a series of meetings. We are coordinating a study of persistent winter fog over the Indo-Gangetic Plains with scientists from six countries working at 15 field sites in five countries.
Physical and social scientists are working together on field measurement collection, satellite data analysis, modelling, and community-based research to gain a better understanding of why persistent winter fog has increased in recent decades, its impacts on the lives of several hundred million poor people, and how changing pollution emissions and agricultural practices may be contributing to the fog.