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Monsoon in Nepal

The word “Monsoon” comes from the Arabic word “mausim” which translates directly to ‘season’ in English. The monsoon season in Nepal and other parts of Central and Southeast Asia is characterized by a large seasonal shift in wind flow and direction accompanied by a dramatic increase in precipitation. Monsoon can be both boon and bane…
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Meet Sagar Gosai and the Young Researchers’ Circle (YRC)

Young Researchers’ Circle Announcement & Activities The Young Researchers’ Circle (YRC) is a voluntary, independent, collaborative, non-profit circle of young researchers/students that was founded in Spring 2020 by S4W-Nepal with an aim to promote and support citizen science-based water resource monitoring and management in the Kathmandu Valley and other parts of Nepal. The motto and…
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Citizen Scientists in Action Amidst COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic and global shutdown have brought massive distress to the world in various ways. In our present situation, many people are unable to go to work, (or worse) have lost their jobs, children can’t go to school, and people are no longer allowed to freely socialize. On a global level, economy has…
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Recruiting Volunteers for 2020 Monsoon Expedition!

S4W-Nepal is currently recruiting citizen scientists to help them collect precipitation data across Nepal as part of the 2020 monsoon expedition! Participants are asked to collect daily precipitation data during the 2020 monsoon season from June through September! Everything you need to know to participate is included on the poster below, and you can continue…
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A Groundwater Quality Assessment of Bhaktapur Municipality using the Drinking Water Quality Index

Rapid population growth, urban sprawl, and increasing developmental activities are leading to growing freshwater demands in the Kathmandu Valley. The limited availability of surface water has increased people’s dependence on groundwater resources. Groundwater is an important source of drinking water in the Kathmandu Valley, contributing to roughly 50-70% of the total water supply (Chapagain et…
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Sustainable Water Resource Management (Kantipur Engineering College 2019 Conference Review)

Here’s an update and reflection from S4W-Nepal staff from a recent conference where they had the opportunity to present on some recent data collection and research efforts they are engaged in. Keep a look out for additional information about some of this exciting and important work soon Figure 1. Group photo including Smartphones4Water team with…
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Meet Yurisha Duwal (Citizen Scientist Story #8)

Water is one of our most precious and indispensable commodities. Smartphones4Water (S4W)-Nepal generates the data necessary to support both water users and policymakers in making wise water management decisions. In the Kathmandu valley of Nepal, extreme population growth has led to stress on water resources; the project initiated by S4W-Nepal has the objective of collecting…
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Monsoon Expedition 2019 (Science Story #7)

The growing imbalance between water demand and supply has stressed the quality and quantity of the water resources in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. Haphazard urbanization along with a lack of integrated land use planning has both affected surface water and restricted the recharge potential of the underlying groundwater resources. Precipitation is the only way…
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Citizen Science: Enabling normal people to contribute in scientific research and resource management! (Citizen Scientist Interview #7)

Water is one of our most precious and indispensable commodities. Putting our favorite Lord Kelvin phrase into action (‘You can’t manage a resource you don’t measure’), SmartPhones4Water (S4W)-Nepal generates data to support students, researchers and policymakers in making wise water management decisions. Extreme population growth has led to stress on the water resources of the…
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Citizen Science for a Sustainable Mountain Future – MoChWo Symposium Review (Science Story #6)

As we approach the end of the year, we are looking forward and vision-casting for 2019. However, oftentimes we plan for the future and look ahead by first looking backwards at experiences we’ve had and lessons we’ve learned. As we plan for 2019, we are also reflecting on 2018 and thinking through the experiences that…
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