Activity 3 of NORAD IV Project on Strengthening of the Energy Sector of Bhutan:
Support to the Department of Hydro-Met Services for Sustainable Data Provision
To Accelerated Hydropower Development and Other Users

The Hydro-Met Services network in Bhutan has been established by the funding from Government of Norway through their Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) assistance. The energy sector of Bhutan had 3 phases of NORAD project to strengthen the energy sector including Hydro-Met services. A new phase IV of NORAD project has been started in 2012 with the Department of Hydropower and Power Systems with some activity for Hydro-Met on GIS, Data Management and Glacier Mass Balance study in selected areas of Bhutan. The project is implemented in collaboration with Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE).
This area will provide important support to the capacity and capability of the Department of Hydromet Services in order to help it address the challenges and demands on reliable hydro meteorological data placed on it by the thrust of the increased focus on the accelerated hydropower development program and other sector uses. The Area will include activities on following issues:

a.Data Protocol and Quality: Development of protocol for collection, processing and analysis of hydro-meteorological data.
b.Hydrological modelling/GIS: Develop the GIS database that is required for hydrological modelling, model calibration and capacity building of DHMS staff in using a hydrological model.
c.Glacier Mass Balance Measurements: Initiate a mass balance programme on an appropriate glacier in the Chamkharchhu basin.

Sangay Tenzin, Project focal person, Department of Hydro-Met Services, MoEA, +975-2-321924
Chhimi Dorji, Chief, Snow and Glaceir Division, Department of Hydro-Met Services, MoEA, +975-2-325135