APHRODITE Data Interpolation Training

27-28 November 2017


The Small Earth Nepal in partnership with Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) and Asian Precipitation - Highly-Resolved Observational Data Integration Towards Evaluation (APHRODITE) project is going to organize three-day training on APHRODITE in Kathmandu, Nepal from 27-28, November, 2017. Participants will be given training for two days (27 and 28 November) and will be given assignments in relation to the training, which will be followed up in the one day interaction program on 1 December 2017.


Background and Purpose

IPCC's Report has designated Himalayan region as a "white spot" because of the lack of ample observations and limited number of scientific studies conducted in this region. The well-known APHRODITE precipitation data are being used in studies and researches in this complex topographical region. As the case with any scientific venture APHRODITE is also going through the evolutionary process of making it better so that this data set can be used with more confidence in the study of the monsoon climate, and extreme events in the region.


The APHRODITE-1 project created accurate daily grid precipitation data for the period 1951-2007 over Asian land areas with a high spatial and temporal resolution based on rain-gauge observations. The APHRODITE-2 project started in June 2016 and will continue until March 2019 funded by the Ministry of Environment of Japan. Hirosaki University, Kyoto University and Chiba University are now collaborating for the further development of the APHRODITE algorithm in extending the more data set and with more focus on extreme events. Therefore, as a part of the capacity building for climate researchers from Himalayan region, especially from Nepal, a training seminar has been scheduled in Kathmandu. The instructors are the developers of the APHRODITE products.


Pre-requisites for participation

Interested participants are requested to apply for the training with a letter of interest and contact details to the email given below by 30 September 2017. The prerequisites are 1) to provide original observational daily (sub-daily) precipitation data, temperature data and/or glaciological data (incl. field campaigns) over the Himalayas, and 2) participants should have experiences in using a Linux machine. Priority will be given to those who can bring personal computer with Linux operating environment, and who have high programming skills. Targeted participants are climate and atmospheric researchers who are familiar with meteorological data and analysis.


Details of the training

Date: 27-28 November, 2017 (Q & A is also available on 1 December)

Time: 10:00 am – 17:00 pm

Venue: Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Nag Pokhari, Kathmandu

Deadline for application: 30 September 2017.

Notification of selection: 10 October 2017

Registration fee: Rs. 5000 (Individual participant), Rs. 10000 (Institutional participant).

Payment for registration fee: (Details of payment information will be provided to the selected participants after selection notification)

Contact email: dilli@smallearth.org.np        


PS: Registration fee includes refreshment, tea/coffee, and logistics during the training.