Importance of modernization of hydromet systems and risk assessment
Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), the nodal agency for hydrometeorology services in the country, is modernizing the whole hydromet system in the country through the ‘Building Resilience to Climate Related Hazards’ project. The critical components of the hydro-met systems – Automated Weather Stations, Automated Hydrological Stations, Doppler Radar, Radiosonde, Lightning Detection, Hydromet Workstations, Calibration Lab, Weather TV Studio, National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS), Forecast Verification System, etc., – have been installed. DHM is receiving important weather information in real-time, which has enabled DHM to prepare accurate forecast and disseminate timely and accurate early warning messages to communities living in flood prone areas through the National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC). Being installed throughout the country through which the data are generated, processed, analyzed and hydromet services is being delivered. These systems are the lifeline of the hydromet services which are critical for saving lives in the country. In the build up to the July 11 – 14, 2019, the DHM and NEOC was able to send out approximately 2 million SMSs, which potentially saved thousands of lives.
Organizer: National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority, Nepal
Partner Organizations: Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (Nepal)