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GWP South Asian Drought Monitoring System
GWP South Asian Drought Monitoring System
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GWP South Asian Drought Monitoring System


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  • Capacity and needs assessment carried out by GWP SAS with support from WMO/GWP IDMP shows that there are some, albeit limited capacities in most countries. India and Pakistan have the most advanced system. A regional approach was welcomed by the respondents from Government Agencies in the countries.
    Responses from Afghanistan and Maldives are forthcoming and will be included. Report soon available at and GWP SAS website.
  • The project follows an iterative approach:
    Integrating different sources of data – satellite and ground verification ensuring that needs at different levels are met.
    Data is processed into a transparent and easily understood website, hosted by national focal point entity and regional hub.
    Information provided is discussed and tailored to the needs of decision-makers and other users.
    Feedback is provided to improve the system
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    • 1. South Asian Drought Monitoring System a collaboration of GWP-WMO-IWMI as part of the WMO/GWP Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) • Regional Drought Monitoring System to support regionally coordinated drought mitigation efforts that can be further tailored to the national level • Moving from crisis management to risk management • User ownership through GWP South Asian Regional Water Partnerships with the Country Water Partnerships in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to work with relevant actors from Government, research and civil society in the region to ensure the system addresses need. • Technical development by CGIAR International Water Management Institute integrating remote sensing and ground truth data (vegetation indices, rainfall data, soil information, hydrological data) for • Government support through WMO Climate Outlook Fora, Regional Climate Centers and HydroMet Services as platforms for knowledge exchange and user involvement
    • 2. South Asian Drought Monitoring System Expected Outputs • Enhanced understanding and quantification of drought’s magnitude, spatial extent, and potential impact to capture the complexity of drought onset, progression, and extremity; • Produce historical to current high spatial and temporal drought risk maps to provide current view of drought propagation on a weekly-basis; • Identify drought hotspots, support preparedness and drought mitigation and provide early warning at regional, national, state and community level • Operational drought monitoring system(s) installed in national center(s) and regional hub • National capacity in drought monitoring built in all participating countries to address the gaps identified through needs assessment • Regional sharing and dissemination of operational drought information the users can download at country level for subsequent analysis
    • 3. South Asian Drought Monitoring System Needs and Capacities in the Region Developed by GWP SAS with WMO/GWP IDMP support
    • 4. IDMP South Asian Drought Monitoring System Implementation