Globalization and climate change have an increasing influence on the stability of fragile mountain ecosystems and the livelihoods of mountain people. ICIMOD aims to assist mountain people to understand these changes, adapt to them, and make the most of new opportunities, while addressing upstream-downstream issues.
ICIMOD, through its Mountain Environment Regional Information System (MENRIS) regional programme, has implemented the SERVIR-Himalaya initiative since 2010 with support from USAID and NASA. The main objective of the SERVIR Himalaya initiative is to improve environmental decision making in the HKH region through integration of earth observation information into geospatial tools and applications. The applications make use of most recent technologies and (near real-time) satellite information from NASA's satellite missions and other remote sensing products. Within the framework of SERVIR-Himalaya, a number of science applications have been developed to promote access to high quality, user tailored tools and information services that are focused on thematic areas as agricultural monitoring, land cover and biomass, forest fire detection, disaster management, and air quality monitoring among others.
Collaboration with national partners in the region has been key strategy in developing and refining these science applications. Capacity building of stakeholders is another important component of SERVIR for optimal user engagement. In this context, a regional training on “Introductory course on Remote Sensing for Air Quality Applications” is being organized to bring together partners from the regional member countries and train them on different Remote Sensing based methodologies and tools in the field of air quality monitoring.
The participants of the training course will be from the national institutions in the ICIMOD regional member countries. This technical training is targeted to professionals in the field of air quality and environmental monitoring. To assure gender equity, female participation will be highly encouraged.
The participants will acquire knowledge on Remote Sensing applications with particular focus on air quality monitoring.