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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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MoChWo 2018 Conference Research Poster (#5)

The fifth and final in our series of research posters developed by our staff and presented at the third annual Mountains in the Changing World (MoChWo) conference is available as a PDF by selecting the link below. MoChWo 2018 – Citizen Science: Precipitation Case Study in Kathmandu Valley This poster is about citizen scientists collecting precipitation data…
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MoChWo 2018 Conference Research Poster (#4)

The fourth in our series of research posters developed by our staff and presented at the third annual Mountains in the Changing World (MoChWo) conference is available as a PDF by selecting the link below. MoChWo 2018 – Citizen Science Land Use Data Collection This poster is about using citizen scientists and simple data collection techniques to classify…
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MoChWo 2018 Conference Research Poster (#3)

The third in our series of research posters developed by our staff and presented at the third annual Mountains in the Changing World (MoChWo) conference is available as a PDF by selecting the link below. MoChWo 2018 – Stone Spouts: The Brink of Extinction Stone spouts (Dhunge Dhaara) are both an important piece of traditional cultural…
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MoChWo 2018 Conference Research Poster (#2)

The second in our series of research posters developed by our staff and presented at the third annual Mountains in the Changing World (MoChWo) conference is available as a PDF by selecting the link below. MoChWo 2018 – Motivations for Citizen Scientists, Perception vs. Reality It has been interesting to evaluate what factors have an influence on…
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