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The India-UK Water Centre is inviting applications from Indian and UK water scientists to attend a workshop on Advancing Drought Monitoring, Prediction, and Management Capabilities to be held over three days in Lancaster, UK 18th – 20th September 2018.
Droughts cause extensive human and economic loss through adverse impacts on food, water, and energy supplies. Climate change will further intensify these impacts. The impacts from droughts vary spatially and temporally with the state of the system. This leads to difficulties in precisely and consistently defining and characterizing droughts. However, since droughts develop slowly, they allow time to monitor climate and system states in near real-time, for example, through remote sensing-derived indicators.
Many such indicators are being developed and mapped periodically by various Research Groups across the world. Often, the indicators are arbitrary, based on disciplinary expertise and data access. Drought prediction and management also suffer from ambiguities arising from multiple models and approaches. As a result, drought policy and management have remained largely reactive, and guided more by immediate needs of relief than by research-derived knowledge. Research-based knowledge on drought monitoring, prediction, and management has great potential for reducing the extent and impact of droughts and in building drought resilience.
It is more critical than ever, particularly in drought vulnerable economies like India, that an integrated drought management approach is developed to enhance water security. For example, the Indian economy has suffered from the successive impacts of multi-year droughts in the last decade. Several national schemes in India have been launched in the past three years to increase resilience to drought, and many scientific organizations in India are actively working to enhance drought management capabilities.
This workshop aims to bring together in one platform key actors engaged independently in the three domains of drought monitoring, prediction and management to leverage cutting-edge drought science to inform new approaches to meet society's needs for drought planning and management. Specifically, this workshop aims to:
- Assess the state-of-art of the science of drought monitoring, prediction and management globally and in India, with special focus on remote sensing-based approaches.
- Identify gaps between research knowledge and operational requirements for drought policy and management;
- Discuss options to develop a road map for advancing operational capabilities for drought policy, monitoring, prediction and management in India.
The workshop is likely to be of interest to: hydrologists, meteorologists and climate scientists, agricultural scientists, climate modellers, statisticians, stakeholders and policy makers. Applications are invited from scientists at all career stages, including PhD students. The Centre will cover reasonable travel and subsistence expenses for UK and Indian participants attending the workshop. Further information can be found in the Terms and Conditions of workshop attendance document (below).
Places are limited to approximately 10 participants from India and 20 from the UK. The Centre will look to ensure a balance of expertise and numbers of attendees from any one institution represented at the workshop. In the event of greater numbers of applications than places available, the Centre will consider:
- applicant expertise relevant to the workshop theme,
- motivation for attending the workshop,
- expected contribution to the workshop,
- potential benefit to the applicant in attending,
- organisational balance.
Attendees are invited to propose a 20 minute presentation or to present a poster at the Workshop.