Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 November 2006 – A training on Rapid Urban Assessment was held from 20 to 24 November 2006 in ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal. The main aim of this training was to develop capacity for the quantification of emissions and pollutant concentrations and link this to health effects through comparison of population exposure to outdoor air pollution.
It was unanimously agreed that for the assessment spatially distributed emission inventory using relatively top down rapid techniques would be used. The main components selected for the rapid urban assessment are the emission inventory, traffic count data, area and point source data.
The rapid emission inventory and other data will be linked to an atmospheric dispersion model to develop modeled concentrations. This will be cross-validated against concentrations using diffusive samplers. Based on the cross-validated concentration maps on exposure data will be produced and linked to dose-response curves and assessment of health risks.
Marcus Liljeberg (GIS) and Milla Malander (satellite image interpretation) from Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL), Stockholm, Sweden visited ICIMOD from 20 to 24 November 2006 to impart the training on the above procedure.
Various organizations like Institute of Engineering, Kathmandu University, Clean Air Network Nepal (CANN) , Clean Energy Nepal (CEN), Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO), Tribhuvan University and Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan participated in the training.
The outlined Rapid Urban Assessment study is a part of Phase III activity of Malé Declaration. The purpose of Phase III is to continue to promote the establishment of a scientific base for prevention and control of transboundary air pollution in Nepal as part of the regional initiative in South Asia.