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Discussion program on “climate change and citizen science” organized

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Kathmandu Institute of Applied Science (KIAS) in collaboration with other organizations organized a discussion program on “climate change and citizen science” on July 8, 2016 at Nepal Tourism Board Hall, Bhrikutimandap Kathmandu, Nepal.

KIAS is the co-founder of a citizen science program called community-based rainfall measurement (CORAM) program in Nepal which started last year. The CORAM program intends to collect high density rainfall data in Nepal. Data is being collected by high school students. This data will help us understand rainfall pattern and variability around different parts of Nepal. The data is made available freely to everyone.

Four presenters working in the field of climate change were invited as the presenters while school teachers and representative of various institutions were the participants. Participants were welcomed by Mr Suresh Marahatta from RECHAM consult. Mr. Suman Kumar Regmi, Secretary General of SOHAM-Nepal/DHM briefly shared his research finding on the weather forecasting practices in Nepal. Mr. Rajendra Sharma from department of hydrology and meteorology, Nepal discussed about flood forecasting practices in Nepal. Mr. Ajaya Dixit from ISET Nepal shared his experience on community-based science and climate research. The last presentation was delivered by  Dr. Lokhnath Adhikari who shared the benefits of the using GPS technology in weather forecasting.

By Luna Thapa