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Atmospheric Watch Initiative – ICIMOD

At a glance

Initiative goal

Promote the adoption of effective measures and policies to reduce air pollution and its impacts within the HKH through improved knowledge and enhanced capacity of our regional partners.

Regional Programme

Atmosphere

Surendra Raj Joshi

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Programme Coordinator, Atmospheric Watch, Ad-Interim

Our focus

Improving scientific understanding

With this, in 2020 the Atmospheric Watch Initiative will focus on studies that involve a higher level of social and scientific analysis, using multiple data sets, or combinations of field data, modelling, and remote sensing analysis. These studies are expected to help influence policies and strategies in the region.

The initiative is involved in identifying, testing, and piloting mitigation solutions; building capacity and outreach; fostering regional collaboration and building cross-border networks; and contributing to policy at local, national, regional, and global levels. We collaborate with regional partners to establish air quality stations/climate observatories that aid air quality planners and policy makers in our RMCs.

Our atmospheric stations provide world-class scientific data to generate new knowledge and improve understanding of atmospheric processes across the HKH. We also have computing facilities for regional air quality modelling and conduct field campaigns to comprehensively study atmospheric phenomena of regional concern.

Duration

2013 onwards

Outcomes

Identifying, testing, and piloting mitigation solutions; building capacity and outreach; fostering regional collaboration and building cross-border networks; and contributions to policy at local, national, regional, and global levels.

Geo coverage

The HKH region

Atmospheric Watch

Activities

Atmosphere activities

Activities

The Atmospheric Watch Initiative is engaged in six principal activities.

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Scientific evidence of atmospheric changes is crucial to inform governments, policy makers, and other stakeholders

PhD fellowships

The Atmospheric Watch Initiative's doctoral fellowships support researchers and scientists pursue knowledge and engage in meaningful practice.

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News and features

Around the HKH

Stay up to date on what’s happening with news, events, and information from around the HKH.

16 Jul 2019 | News
South–South learnings for future collaboration in air quality and health research in the HKH

Day 1 of the workshop was dedicated to the existing literature on air quality and health, whereas Day 2 focused ...

22 May 2019 | News
Knowledge brokering and policy engagement through the CCAC to address atmospheric pollution

The CCAC is the first global effort to treat pollutants as a collective challenge. Formed in 2012, it is a ...

9 Apr 2019 | News
Air pollution research into use

ICIMOD responds to key research questions at the local to regional level, generating highly technical air pollution-related data in a ...

Events around the HKH

Our involvement

From workshops to seminars to research lectures, ICIMOD delivers a wide array of events to keep you involved in the happenings of the HKH.

For mountains and people

We have a deep history of work across a broad range of issues enabling sustainable development in the complex environment of the HKH. We have been protecting the pulse for over three decades.

Air, snow, and glaciers

The mountains of the Hindu Kush Himalaya hold more of the earth’s snow and ice than anywhere beyond the poles.

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Air Quality

Air quality

When most people think of air in the context of the environment, they probably think of air pollution – and that’s part of the picture. But air is a dynamic and delicate mix of chemicals in constant motion, flowing from place to place through atmospheric circulation systems.

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Partners and scientific collaborators

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

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Atmospheric Watch Initiative in the media

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Atmospheric Watch Initiative publications

You will find publications produced or related to this Initiative in our publications repository – the HimalDoc. These information materials covers journal articles, books, book chapters, research reports, working papers, brochures, information sheets, and publicity materials including posters and flyers.

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We embrace diversity

Meet the team

Both internally and externally, our multicultural staff and partners are our greatest asset. They provide us with a broad perspective across disciplines, and offer us localized knowledge like no other.

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