CAP-2030 Nepal: Dataset on climate-change related hazards
The Stata data file "CAP_Hazard_Kavre_Jumla_varnames.dta" and equivalent excel file of the same name comprises data collected by adolescent secondary school students during a "Citizen Science" project in the district of Kavre in the central hills of Nepal during April 2022 and in the district of Jumla in the remote mountains of West Nepal during June 2022. The project was part of a CIFF-funded Children in All Policies 2030 (CAP2030) project.
The data were generated by the students using a mobile device data collection form developed using "Open Data Kit (ODK) Collect" electronic data collection platform by Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL) and University College London (UCL) for the purposes of this study. Researchers from KLL and UCL trained the adolescents to record information, geolocation and/or photos about climate-change associated hazards including landslides, floods, extreme weather events and crop pests/failure. The resulting datafile includes the latitude/longitude, name, and category of the type of hazard, date the hazard event was recorded, date it occurred and the district. Links to photographs of the hazards are included but require login to the KLL server. Users of the data may contact KLL (firstname.lastname@example.org) or UCL (email@example.com) if access to photographs is required.
The data were generated as part of a learning exercise for students to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change in their locale. Since the students were using 10 android tablets to record information in a reasonably limited geographical area, the dataset may contain several copies of the same event recorded by different individuals, so cannot be used for calculation of prevalence of hazard events. Rather, the data serve to demonstrate the potential of citizen science methods with Nepali school students to record such information. The app and the process of gathering the data are described in a paper entitled "Citizen science for climate change resilience: engaging adolescents to study climate hazards, biodiversity and nutrition in rural Nepal" submitted to Wellcome Open Research in Feb 2023. The data contributed to Table 4 of this paper.