Development of Bhutan’s national weather and flood forecasting and warning center

Implementation Period: February 2009 – June 2010
Countries: Bhutan
Donor: Danida
Level of Funding: USD 110,000
Program Area: Program Area 3: Support to NMHSs in Provision of Localized Hydro-Meteorological Risk Information
Project Status: Completed

Project Description:

The project aims to design and establish a basic 24/7 National Weather and Flood Forecasting and Warning Center in Bhutan, for providing reliable weather and flood forecasts for early warning of hydro-meteorological hazards. Key activities include the assessment of existing systems for weather and flood forecasting, and identification of capacity gaps; system design for weather and flood forecasting and warning; the development of GIS-based forecast products for Bhutan’s Hydro-Meteorological Services Division’s (HMSD) website; and training of HMSD staff in data collection and analysis, meteogram generation, and analysis of RIMES forecast products, among others.