ADSS Data Incorporation Workshop (October 4 to 8, 2021)

Last Updated on October 6, 2021 by DoA

The Agromet Decision Support System (ADSS) of Bhutan was developed with support from the World Bank through the Hydromet Disaster Resilience Regional Project (HSDRRP). The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) based in Thailand developed the web portal incurring a cost of USD 1,04,609. The system is envisioned to co-produce weather and climate information of different lead times to make an informed agriculture decision through machine learning.

In order to address the data gaps (Garbage In Garbage Out, GIGO), the agromet focals from 4 Agriculture Research and Development Centre’s (Bajo, Samtenling, Wengkhar and Yusipang), 2 Central Programs (National Soil Services Centre & National Plant Protection Centre), National Center for Hydrology and Meteorology and IT officials are currently participating in the data incorporation workshop. Besides GIGO, focal’s are also trying to address “Garbage In, Gospel Out” tendencies. In addition, the participants were exposed to Climate Services Toolkit (CST) of World Meteorological Organization (WMO) which RIMES currently is trying to customize for Bhutan. The CST will be integrated into the ADSS so it will help in making the system more robust.

The evidence of climate change driving insect, pest and diseases is widely recognized. For this reason, as we step into implementing “Strengthening risk information for disaster resilience in Bhutan” project funded by the World Bank, pest forecasting will be prioritized and integrated in the advisories. The workshop concludes on Friday and is being funded by the World Bank.