Atmosphere Initiative

Atmosphere Initiative as a part of the Regional Programme on Cryosphere and Atmosphere was established on January, 2013 to improve our understanding of atmospheric issues and to promote regional cooperation for addressing issues related to the atmosphere in the HKH region.

Over recent decades, the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region has been affected by rising emissions of air pollutants from urban, industrial, and rural sources. This has raised concerns about deteriorating air quality, impacts on health and visibility, changes in atmospheric heating and cooling, changes in cloud microphysics and in the strength and timing of the monsoon, increasing stratospheric pollution above the Tibetan Plateau, deposition of light absorbing substances onto snow and ice surfaces; and increasing melting of the Himalayan cryosphere. 

ICIMOD’s Atmosphere Initiative was established on 1 January 2013 as part of the centre’s Regional Programme on Cryosphere and Atmosphere. The initiative 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 regional member countries.

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Alternative Energy Promotion Center, Nepal Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, India Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Science (CAREERI CAS), China Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Climate and Health Research Network (CHeRN) College of Science & Technology, Bhutan Department of Environment (DoEnv), Nepal University of Dhaka, Bangladesh Federation of Nepal Brick Industries (FNBI), Nepal Greentech Knowledge Solutions, India Institute for Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali, India Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT), India Institute of Space Technology (IST), Pakistan Kathmandu University, Nepal Kathmandu Municipal Corporation, Nepal Lumbini International Research Institute (LIRI), Nepal Maha Sanchar, Nepal Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, Nepal MinErgy Pvt. Ltd., Nepal National Environment Commission, Bhutan National Institute of Environmental Research, Korea National Trust for National Conservation (NTNC), Nepal National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), Pakistan Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Nepal Nepal Health Research Council, Nepal Nepal Wireless, Nepal North South University, Bangladesh Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal Seoul National University, Korea Stockholm Environment Institute, York, UK Tribhuvan University, NepalThe Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany University of Illinois, USA University of Massachusetts, USA University of Texas, USA  University of Virginia, USA Yale University, USA