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Election 2017 for 7th Executive Committee of SOHAM-Nepal

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  • Initial voters list for election 2017(August 18, 2017)

SOHAM-Nepal election committee released initial voters list for the election 2017.  The total number of SOHAM-Nepal voters is 179 including 176 life members  and 3 general members. 

Please download notice with initial member list  

  • Election time table (August 3, 2017)

SOHAM-Nepal election committee released election time table as per the meeting held on August 3, 2017 (Thursday).

Please download Election_time table

  • Election date and formation of election committee (July 23, 2017)

Three years tenure of current executive committee will be terminated soon. Thus, the present executive committee meeting held on July 23 (Sunday) decided the election date as September 1, 2017 (Bhadra 16, 2074) for new (7th) executive committee. The meeting also formed three members election committee as per SOHAM regulation 2058.

Coordinator: Prof. Rupak Man Rajbhandari
Member: Mr. Rajendra Sharma
Member: Mr. Sagar Manandhar

Land purchased: A plot of 2.5 Anna of land in Kalikasthan, Dillibazar (August 7, 2017)

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SOHAM NEPAL purchased a plot of 2.5 Anna of land on about 8 feet wide road, likely to be widened to 4 or 6 meter at Kalikasthan, Dilli Bazar, Kathmandu at the price of 55,52,150/- including all the taxes (52,00,000 + 2,89,575+57,575+5,000). This plot of land was purchased on August 7, 2017 as per the decision of executive meeting held on August 3, 2017 and also a recommendation from land acquisition committee (Special committee formed by AGM, 2073).

SOHAM Nepal would like to thank AGM, 2073, for giving authority to purchase the land and also for the formation of land acquisition committee for the recommendation of suitable plot of land. Similarly, thanks goes to all the members of land acquisition committee and all executive committee members for their efforts and contribution.

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Announcement for Basic GIS Training

Basic GIS Training (with SURFER handling)

 

Duration: 24 hrs (One week)

Course Start: August 15, 2017

Fee: NPR 3500/-

Targeted Group: 4th Year B.Sc Meteorology Students

No of Participant: 15 only

Interested can register by paying fee within August 4, 2017 (Friday). Please contact Mr. Barun Paudel (9841279672) for more information.

Note for Participant:

  • Each participant must bring own laptop.
  • Separate orientation class is arranged prior to the training for the installation of software and other details.
  • Venue will be announced during orientation class. The time will be fixed as per the convenient to all participants.

Talk Programme on Deterministic approach towards radar data interpolation (July 27, 2017)

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SOHAM Nepal organized a talk programme on Deterministic approach towards radar data interpolation by Mr. Binay Shakya, Assistant Professor, Nepal Engineering College, Changunarayan on July 27, 2017 in Kathmandu. The venu was Meeting Hall, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Naxal.

(Mr. Binaya Shakya talked about the importance of radar data in rainfall measurement in the context of urban Nepal as well as the working principal of radar in measuring the rainfall. He is a Civil Engineer by profession. He has completed his master’s degree in Water Resources Engineering from University of Leuven, Belgium recently.)

Research Abstract:
[Rainfall data is the most important input variable in all urban hydrological applications. Quick runoff responses and small area of urban catchments require high resolution spatial-temporal rainfall data for accurate flow outputs by these applications. Cities of Nepal are seeing rapid urbanization. Lack of adequate number of raingauges within an urban catchment is one of major limitations for any urban modeling purpose. Moreover, a dense network of raingauges may not be economically viable. An alternative to raingauge network can be the use of Radar. Radar derived rainfall data is becoming more reliable than in the past. Furthermore, radar data can provide high-resolution data required by urban hydrological applications. However, gaps in radar data set for a rainfall event can cause serious underestimation of output flows. In this regard, a deterministic extrapolation technique is developed in this study with the objective of extrapolating existing data to a future time step which may be used to fill in any gaps found in radar data. Storm identification, storm tracking and storm projection using radar data are the key steps used in extrapolation scheme. The schemes developed in this study was found out to be better than the widely used traditional nowcasting scheme, Thunderstorm Identification, Tracking, Analysis and Nowcasting (TITAN).]

Discussion program on Daily Rainfall Measurement in Nepal via Citizen Science: Data Collection and Analysis (July 25, 2017)

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A discussion program on “Daily Rainfall Measurement in Nepal via Citizen Science: Data Collection and Analysis” was organized by Community Based Rainfall Measurement-Nepal (CORAM-Nepal) with support from University of Wyoming, USA; Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Government of Nepal (GoN); Society of Hydrologists and Meteorologists-Nepal (SOHAM-Nepal); UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO IHP-Nepal); Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (CDHM), Tribhuvan University; Institute for Social and Environment Transition-Nepal (ISET-Nepal); Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences (KIAS) and RECHAM Consult (Pvt.) Ltd. on July 25, 2017 in Kathmandu. 

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Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General of DHM was the chief guest of the programme. The programme was chaired by Dr. Deepak Aryal, Head, CDHM-TU. On behalf of SOHAM-Nepal, Mr. Suman Kumar Regmi, General Secretary attended the programme. During the technical session, Mr. Suresh Marahatta from RECHAM Consult, Mr. Sagun Dhungana, Mr. Jeffrey C. Davids from Smartphones4water and Mr. Ajaya Dixit from ISET Nepal delivered lectures on different topics related to rainfall measurement and citizen science. Students and teachers from various school participated in the programme and also shared their experiences on rainfall measurement. At the end, queries received from participants were responded by different experts. The first half of the programme was organized at lecture hall, Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu.

During the second half, the programme was arranged at Meteorological Forecasting Division of DHM, Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. On the occasion, participants visited Meteorological Station and National Weather Forecasting Center and also received briefing on various issues such as weather observation, forecasting, application of meteorological data etc. Mr. Barun Paudel, Secretary, SOHAM-Nepal provided briefing and also responded queries received from the participants.

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Calls for PhD studentship

SOHAM-Nepal announces a call for a cohort of UK-based PhD studentships affiliated to the SHEAR, a research programme, Citizen Science for Landslide Risk Reduction and Disaster Resilience building in Mountain Regions (Landslide EVO). Limited offer is available to deserving Nepalese students. It is a full fellowship so the candidate should have completed the existing projects. SHEAR is a four years research programme, which is going to be implemented in Nepal soon under the leadership of Imperial College, London, UK. SOHAM-Nepal, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, TU, and Practical Action Nepal are the key partners involving in this research programme.

Interested individuals are kindly requested to submit a proposal in the potential topics no later than June 19, 2017(Monday) to info@soham.org.np. The proposal must be able to sufficiently demonstrate the objectives of the research programme. (Please check http://soham.org.np/landslide-evo for more information on Landslide EVO )-

Condolence on the sad demise of Dr. Hari Man Shrestha (April 27, 2017)

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We all are deeply saddened by the sad demise of Dr. Hari Man Shrestha (Aug 6,1934 – Apr 27, 2017).  Dr. Hari Man Shrestha, a water resources expert, was the first in Nepal to find out Nepal’s hydropower potential by 83,000 megawatts during his Ph.D thesis while conducting research at Moscow Power Institute (Former USSR) in 1966 AD. He was honored by SOHAM-Nepal and Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Government of Nepal, with a certificate of appreciation for remarkable contribution in the field Water resources on March 23, 2017 in Kathmandu. SOHAM Nepal would like to express our deep condolence to his family members, relatives and friends. May his soul attain eternal peace. 

 

Third International Conference on Mountain Hydrology and Meteorology for the Sustainable Development (April 10-11, 2017)

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Third International Conference on “Mountain Hydrology and Meteorology for the Sustainable Development” was organized by Society of Hydrologists and Meteorologists-Nepal (SOHAM-Nepal) in association with Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Government of Nepal (GoN) on April 10-11, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu. 

The conference was supported by Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (CDHM), Tribhuvan University (TU), Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center, Kathmandu University(KU), International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Kathmandu Centre for Research and Education, Tribhuvan University (KCRE, CAS-TU), Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), OJERI and BK21Plus ELEC of Korea University, Seoul, South Korea, Real Times Solutions (RTS) and United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, International Hydrological Programme Nepal (UNESCO IHP-Nepal).

The conference was inaugurated by Rt. Hon’ble Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun by lighting the panas. Rt. Hon’ble Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun highlighted the importance of Hydrology and Meteorology for the sustainable development of the country in his inaugural remarks. Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, Vice-Chairperson, SOHAM-Nepal gave warm welcome speech. Hon’ble Jay Dev Joshi, Minister, Ministry of Population and Environment, Prof. Dr. Jiba Raj Pokharel, Vice-Chancellor, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, Dr. Bishwa Nath Oli, Secretary, Ministry of Population and Environment also spoke during inaugural session. SOHAM-Nepal Executive Committee/life members, distinguished guest from various national and international organizations, Participants, Media Persons were also present on the occasion. The programme is chaired by Dr. Jagat Kumar Bhusal, chairperson, SOHAM-Nepal.

More than 200 participants actively participated in the conference. There were 59 oral and 13 poster presentations along with 6 invited lectures from eminent professionals. The conference also included an exhibition stall from Real Time Solutions (RTS) and a Travel desk from Raya Tours and Travels for post excursion.

Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) chaired the closing session on April 11, 2017. He also presented Kathmandu Declaration 2017. On behalf of participants, two representatives respectively from national and international participants also shared their experiences. Mr. Suman Kumar Regmi, General Secretary, SOHAM-Nepal gave vote of thanks. At the end, Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, Vice-Chairperson, SOHAM-Nepal concluded the conference by closing remarks.

Landslide EVO kick off meeting, workshop and field visit (March 14-20, 2017)

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Landslide EVO project kickoff meeting was held on March 14-15, 2017 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Kathmandu. Twenty project investigators and partners representing various national and intentional agencies such as Imperial College London, Geological Survey of Austria, Birmingham University, Geneva University, International Institute for applied Systems Analysis, Practical Action Nepal, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University, SOHAM-Nepal, Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Wageningen University, ESPA and Kathmandu Living Labs attended the meeting.  Dr. Jyotiraj Patra, Regional Evidence Advisor – South Asia, ESPA also joined in the meeting. On behalf of SOHAM-Nepal, Dr. Jagat Kumar Bhual, Chairperson, Dr. Janak Lal Nayava, Advisior and Mr. Suman Kumar Regmi, General Secretary took part in the meeting. 

The meeting brought project investigators and partners together for the first time to re-appraise the project objectives, exchange ideas on the use of existing research tools, discuss project coordination, and agree on short-term commitments. One main outcome of the meeting was to identify an immediate need for a common theoretical methodological framework across all four Work Packages. 

On March 16, the first project stakeholder workshop was also held followed the meeting with a great success. Twenty additional potential local stakeholders from various government and non-government agencies such as Department of Water Induced Disaster Prevention, Department of Soil Conservation and Watershed Management, DFID, Mission East, Save The Children, Oxfam, Mercy Corps, Medair actively participated in the workshop. 

Selected project investigators and partners also visited upper Karnali Basin, western Nepal during March 17-20. The main objective of this trip was to understand natural and social processes governing landslide occurrence and also to identify potential landslide localities. The team identified three potential localities: two landslides close to Dadeldhura, and another farther north towards Chainpur on which a large settlement had been constructed. The visit also strengthened coordination between the central team, local partners and collaborators.