In 2013, The Karuna Foundation began a partnership with UWICE to create a network of weather stations across the varying climates of Bhutan. August 2015 marks one year of climate data collection from the 17 weather stations. The next few months will see additional weather stations come online.
In addition to climate data points (precipitation, temperature, etc.), UWICE integrated phenological markers into the data collection program. Over the last two years, UWICE has created a very successful citizen scientist program that integrates the network of stations at 17 schools with the tracking of phenological markers by environmental club participants. The Bhutan Phenological Network has students track the seasonal changes undergone by plants and animals and then contribute that information to a collective data set. The tracking of phenological changes by the BPN can provide to a more nuanced understanding of climate and climate change for the scientists at UWICE.