FMI Project

Strengthening Hydro-Meteorological Service for Bhutan (SHSB)

The SHSB is an Institutional Cooperation Instrument (ICI) project between the DHMS and Finnish Meteorological Institute funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. The cost budget is Euro 462,067, which is planned for implementation in 2.5 years (July 2013- Dec 2015).

The main purpose of the project is to ensure Improved capacity of DHMS to manage and produce high quality weather information and services to the Bhutanese society.

The main goal of this project is to upgrade the Department of Hydro-Met Services, so that the Bhutanese National Weather Service can be strengthened and thus substantially increase its forecast skills, contributing to the positive economic development of the country, help in reduction of poverty and improved handling of natural catastrophes in times of climate change. A number of user groups can benefit from improved forecasts of MD, DHMS, such as agriculture, health, transport and communication, the tourism industry and clean energy development etc.

Following are the Results expected to be achieved from the project through their corresponding activities:

1. Strengthening of Strategic planning capacity of DHMS
Activity 1.1 Study on the socio-economic impacts of services provided by DHMS
Activity 1.2 Development of standard operating procedures and processes for weather station maintenance, calibration and repair
Activity 1.3 Support DHMS to develop a National Hydro-Met Services Policy

2. Enhancement of services provided by DHMS
Activity 2.1 Developing a data management and quality control system
Activity 2.2 Data processing and analysis for climate change studies

3. Improved DHMS cooperation and communication with the public, disaster management, media and renewable energy
Activity 3.1. Stakeholder capacity building, education and awareness
Activity 3.2. Development of weather forecasting processes and verification
Activity 3.3. Development and pilot of new weather service to renewable energy, disaster management and public
Activity 3.4. Development of Communication Strategy for DHMS
Activity 3.5. Project Results and Evaluation Workshop

Chhimi Dorji, Project Manager, Department of Hydro-Met Services, MoEA, +975-2-325135
Sonam Dorji Dy. Project Manager, Department of Hydro-Met Services, MoEA, +975-2-323703