Citizen Science-based Hydro-meteorological Monitoring of the Kathmandu Valley
The project focuses on the Kathmandu Valley, where extreme population growth has led to extensive stress and water resources degradation and associated ecosystems. The project focuses on mobilizing young researchers and citizen scientists with simple field data collection methods, low-cost sensors, and a mobile data collection platform that can be standardized and scaled. The ultimate goal is to improve our understanding and management of water through filling data and knowledge gaps in resource and data-scarce regions while enhancing the quality and applicability of young researchers’ efforts. The project aims to monitor rainfall, stream and groundwater levels and quality, freshwater biodiversity, and conduct several short-term measurement campaigns focused on monsoon rainfall, land-use changes, stone spout flow, and quality, streamflow, and stream-aquifer interactions. This is a one-year project funded by SmartPhones4Water (S4W). The project is a continuation of a citizen science project (2016-2019) funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and SmartPhones4Water (S4W).
REAMO (Real-time Asian Meteorological Observatory) aspires to make meteorological data freely available and develop applications throughout (High Mountain) Asia by promoting and developing extensive networks of weather stations from the plains to the mountains. REAMO is a joint initiative of Utrecht University, S4W-Nepal, ICIMOD, and USOME and builds on years of scientific expertise, regional knowledge, and the latest web and weather station technology.
Save the tiger! Save the Grasslands! Save the Water!
Save the tiger! Save the Grasslands! Save the Water! Project aims to sustainably provide habitat for a viable tiger population in the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL). The project intends to achieve its aims by understanding and modelling the spatio-temporal dynamics of the grasslands in 23 nature reserves in the TAL. S4W-Nepal is the collaborative partner along with 24 organizations in this project; where S4W-Nepal will be assisting in the installation of hydro-meteorological stations and monitoring of hydro-meteorological dynamics in the tiger habitat.
Smartphone-Based Urban Flood Modelling
This project aims to develop and implement a citizen science-based streamflow monitoring network to address the severe urban flooding challenges of the Kathmandu Valley. The project focuses on operationalizing a unique smartphone-based technology called the Discharge app to generate high-resolution time-series data of streamflow, overcoming the limitations of traditional measurement techniques. The Discharge app is an innovative smartphone application that enables users to conduct non-contact optical flow measurements of streams. This project is carried out in collaboration with Photrack AG.