Training and national consultation workshop on air quality monitoring using interactive dashboard

Date 29 Nov 2021 to 29 Nov 2021
Venue ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal
Contact Persons Bhupesh Adhikary, Mohammad Rabi Qazizada
Type Workshops, Training
Programmes SERVIR-HKH, Atmospheric Watch Initiative

About the workshop

ICIMOD’s Atmospheric Watch Initiative and SERVIR-HKH Initiative are jointly organizing a one-day training and national consultation workshop to build understanding around air pollution monitoring. The workshop will introduce the newly developed air quality dashboard for improved air quality monitoring. It will also initiate consultations with partners on the usage and capacity building needs around the dashboard as well as content related to air quality modelling and satellite data interpretation.

Participants will gain basic knowledge about air pollution monitoring, remote sensing, and atmospheric modelling. The participants will also work with the interactive air quality dashboard and webpage to view the satellite, model, and in-situ measurements to monitor selected air pollutants.

Expected outcomes

  • Enhanced knowledge on use of satellite-based air quality monitoring tools and products
  • Exposure to near real-time air quality monitoring using atmospheric models
  • Consolidation of participants’ feedback on content and usage related to air quality dashboard for improving the tool


The Atmospheric Watch Initiative – under the Regional Programme on Atmosphere – aims to bring about effective measures and policies for reducing air pollution and its impacts within the HKH region by improving knowledge and enhancing the capacity of partners in the HKH countries. Since its establishment, the Atmospheric Watch Initiative in collaboration with Nepalese and Bhutanese government partners has established state-of-the-art air quality stations with aerosol and trace gas measurement instruments.

SERVIR-HKH, a joint development initiative of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is implemented by ICIMOD as one of five regional hubs of the SERVIR network in its regional member countries, prioritizing activities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan. SERVIR works to address critical challenges in climate change, food security, water and related disasters, land use, and air quality. Using satellite data and geospatial technology, SERVIR co-develops innovative solutions through a network of regional hubs to improve resilience and sustainable resource management at local, national and regional scales.


Facilitator: Mohammad Rabi Qazizada, Programme Officer, Atmospheric Watch Initiative

Time Programme Speakers
09:30–09:45 Registration Participants
09:45–09:55 Welcome remarks and introduction Bidya Banmali Pradhan, Regional Programme Manager  (ad interim), Atmosphere, ICIMOD
09:55–10:05 Introduction Participants
10:05–10:30 Introduction to air pollution monitoring Siva Praveen Puppala, Programme Coordinator –  Atmospheric Watch Initiative, ICIMOD
10:30–11:15 Introduction to remote sensing Poonam Tripathi, Geospatial Training Analyst, and Rajesh Bahadur Thapa, Remote Sensing and Geo-information Specialist, Geospatial Solutions, ICIMOD
11:15–11:30 Tea break and group photo
11:30–12:30 Introduction to air quality modelling Bhupesh Adhikary, Senior Air Quality Specialist, Water and Air, ICIMOD
12:30–13:30 Lunch break
13:30–14:15 Introduction to NASA-AST air quality products Team, and Bhupesh Adhikary, Senior Air Quality Specialist, Water and Air, ICIMOD
14:15–15:00 User interactive air quality dashboard Kiran Shakya, Geospatial Application Development Specialist, ICIMOD
15:00–16:00 Consultation on air quality monitoring using satellite, models, and dashboard Facilitator: Rajesh Bahadur Thapa, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Specialist, and Abhishek Upadhyay, Atmospheric Modelling Analyst, ICIMOD
16:00–16:15 Closing remarks Birendra Bajracharya, Regional Programme Manager (ad interim), MENRIS, ICIMOD