A discussion Program on Daily Rainfall Measurement in Nepal via Citizen Science (Oct 3, 2016)

A discussion Program on ”Daily Rainfall Measurement in Nepal via Citizen Science” 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. in Kathmandu.

Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General, DHM is the chief guest of the programme. The programme was chaired Mr. Kiran Sankar Yogacharya, Former Director General, DHM and Former Chairperson, SOHAM-Nepal. The programme began with warm welcome speech by Dr. Basant Giri, KIAS. Mr. Suresh Marahatta, RECHAM delivered a technical presentation on “Installation of Raingauge; Data Collection and Analysis”. Similarly, Mr. Ajaya Dixit, ISET Nepal also spoke on the various aspect of “Community Based Science and Research”. Three students and two teachers from high schools involved in the daily rainfall measurement programme also shared their experience.

During panel discussion session, Dr. Rishi Ram Sharma, Director General, DHM; Mr. Jagat Kumar Bhusal, Chairperson, SOHAM-Nepal; Prof. Peter Stahl, University of Wyoming and Prof. Stefan Becker, Lehman College, CUNY, New York, highlighted various issues on rainfall measurement and its application. At the end, Mr. Kiran Sankar Yogacharya gave concluding remark. On the occasion high school students and teachers, representative from various government and non-governmental institutions also took part in the programme.