Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Workshop on Modeling Exposure Through Earth Observed Routine (METEOR) held in Nepal

A workshop on "Modeling Exposure Through Earth Observed Routine (METEOR)" held in Nepal during November 13-14, 2019. NSET in collaboration with other international partners jointly organized the Workshop with the prime objective to understand the METEOR work and its targeted outcomes in Nepal.

National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET) has been collaborating with various national and international organizations to enhance the knowledge on hazard, risk, vulnerabilities, and the possible risk reduction measures in Nepal. In this context, focusing on earthquake, landslide and flood hazard in Nepal, NSET in collaboration with other international partners (BGS, FATHOM, GEM, HOT, ImageCAT, OPM) with funding support from the UK Space Agency is developing innovative application of Earth Observation (EO) technologies to improve understanding of exposure under "Modeling Exposure Through Earth Observed Routine (METEOR)". METEOR takes a step-change in the application of EO exposure data by developing and delivering rigorous and open routines (protocols) and standards to allow quantitative assessment of exposure, with explicit uncertainties. METEOR will deliver country-wide openly-available exposure data, which will help in DRM decision making for the government.

The workshop Day 1 was focused on planning and policy level where the METEOR national scale hazard (earthquake, flood and landslide) model and the national scale exposure model can be used in disaster risk management in Nepal and how it can be used in the country by different stakeholders. During the workshop the data validation, ownership and the importance was highly discussed. The participants of the workshop highlighted the usefulness of the data in the context of Nepal since there are no any national scale hazard map for landslide and flood and the national scale exposure model. The participants also emphasized on the validation of the data and how it can be integrated into the government system and make the data useable. The METEOR teams requested the participants to provide the data other than METEOR data if any to make the product more robust and more validate. Some of the stakeholder assured to collaborate with METEOR and integrate their data into METEOR products. Some of the METEOR hazard data are already on the MOHA portal where we can view and provide feedback to the team. In the workshop the consensus development among the Nepali stakeholders in each hazard and exposure model is very key in validation of these data were highlighted.

The Workshop Day 2 was focused on understanding the process and methodology of developing the exposure model from EO data and hazard model with the technical participants of the workshop and how it can be integrated into national DRM policy and planning. The second day was more focused on the technical detail of the data generation process.

The participants of the workshop were form different government and non-government organizations mainly focused on disaster management and METEOR hazards (earthquake, flood and landslide). Following organizations participated in the workshop:

» British Embassy
» Central Bureau of Statistics
» Department of Hydrology and Metrology
» Department of Hydrology and Metrology (DHM)
» Department of Mines and Geology (DMG)
» Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC)
» DFID Nepal
» Disaster Preparedness Network Nepal (DPNet)
» Earthquake Safety Solution (ESS)
» Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University-CDS, TU
» Kathmandu Living Lab (KLL)
» Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoFE)
» National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET)
» Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)
» Nepal Geographical Society
» Oxford Policy Management
» Practical Action
» The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
» Youth Innovation Lab (YI-Lab)

Earlier, the METEOR team had visited related stakeholders in the country and presented the METEOR objective and outcome and discussed on how the METEOR product can contribute on DRR in Nepal. The ownership of the product and the validation was discussed in the meeting with the stakeholders. For this meetings METEOR team had visited MOHA, MOFAGA, NPC, DMG, DUDBC, DHM, CBS, IOE-CDS, NAST, and ICIMOD.

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