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The Atmospheric Watch Initiative was established in 2013 as part of our Regional Programme on Atmosphere. Until December 2019, this Initiative was known as the Atmosphere Initiative.
At a glance
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.
Mohammad Iqbal Mead
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.
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.
The HKH region
The Atmospheric Watch Initiative is engaged in six principal activities.
The Atmospheric Watch Initiative's doctoral fellowships support researchers and scientists pursue knowledge and engage in meaningful practice.
This paper estimates the quantity of municipal solid waste (MSW) that was burned in five former municipalities of the Kathmandu valley, Nepal.
News and features
Events around the HKH
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.
The mountains of the Hindu Kush Himalaya hold more of the earth’s snow and ice than anywhere beyond the poles.
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.
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.
We embrace diversity
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.