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Sishir Dahal

Intern - Air Quality Modelling, Water and Air

My role at ICIMOD

In my work for the Atmospheric Watch Initiative as an Air Quality Modelling Intern, I work with satellite-based air quality datasets and use atmospheric models to assess the status of air quality in the HKH region. I help senior scientists of the team in identifying the best versions of satellite products to be used for research. I also help my team prepare training manuals aimed at helping students and early career researchers to get familiar with the application of remote sensing for air quality studies.

Sishir Dahal

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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My work at ICIMOD is related to understanding air pollution, which is one of the threats to global health. I plot a lot of graphs at work. I believe I am able to check the pulse of the planet through graphs and maps of anomalies of different chemical species in the atmosphere of the HKH which require mitigation strategies from experts and relevant stakeholders.

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What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?

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My team is my favorite part of ICIMOD. I love the discussions on a wide array of topics (from research to personal) with my colleagues.

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What are you passionate about?

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I have always wanted to become a polymath. So, my passions change with time. Currently, I’m passionate about learning the use of different atmospheric models. Besides, I love playing cricket and I’m addicted to Carl Sagan’s voice.

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My qualifications

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I have a BE and an MSc in Civil Engineering from Pulchowk Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. After my undergraduate studies, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in detailed damage assessment of masonry structures in some of the rural areas of Nepal which were adversely affected by the Gorkha Earthquake in 2015. I’ve also been a part of the reconstruction project led by Nepal’s National Reconstruction Authority. As an employee of the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction and the National Society for Earthquake Technology – Nepal, I provided technical assistance to several house owners in Sindhuli and Dhading districts. I also organized several mason trainings to help masons understand the basic concepts of earthquake-resilient building construction techniques. For my master’s thesis, I used a hand-held sun-photometer to study the aerosol optical properties over Birtamode, Jhapa and validated the MODIS Aerosol Optical Depth products. I’ve also attended the Sao Paulo School of Advanced Science on Atmospheric Aerosols at the University of Sao Paulo and the 3rd Atmospheric Composition and Asian Monsoon Training School at the National University of Malaysia.