Indo-UK scientists consider ways of improving rainfall forecasts and climate predictions to aid water security in the Indian Himalayas

A three day workshop of Indian and UK scientists is being held at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun hosted by the India-UK Water Centre (IUKWC). Experts from both countries will present the latest research findings and discuss ways of improving future of water security within the Indian Himalayas through integrating precipitation forecasts and climate predictions with basin-scale hydrological modelling.

The Himalayan region and downstream areas are strongly affected by hydrological variability which impacts on water supplies, energy production and disaster risk management. Hydrological forecasts providing information for days to seasons ahead can benefit stakeholders such as dam operators, farmers, industry, and water management boards in planning their activities, while long-term projections help adaptation to climate change – for example, helping to mitigate against the changing risks associated with floods and droughts.

The workshop is part of the IUKWC 'Lead a Workshop' initiative which aims not only to provide scientists an opportunity discuss the current state of knowledge in a particular area but also to develop future Indo-UK collaborations.

The event builds upon an IUKWC funded pump priming project led by the University of Birmingham (UK) which addressed current opportunities and challenges in developing hydro-climatic services in the Himalayas. The project included contributions from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, the Centre for Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Hyderabad and the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting.

Key project findings will be discussed at the workshop including some of the scientific questions which remain around the large-scale drivers of regional climate variability in the region, their relevance on different timescales, their interaction, and their representation in global weather forecasting and climate models. It is hoped the workshop will foster international efforts to address the challenge of integrating weather forecast and climate models with glacio-hydrologcial model for Hymalayan river basins.

The event, which is being held from 2nd – 4th May will involve around 50 participant and is hosted by The University of Birmingham, UK; The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi; The Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun; Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK and the Indian Institute of Tropical meteorology, Pune.

Workshop organisers include: Dr Martin Widmann from University of Birmingham; Dr Shresth Tayal from the Energy and Resources Institute; Dr SathyaKumar from the Wildlife Institute of India and the IUKWC coordinators, Dr Harry Dixon (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology) and Dr A.K. Sahai (Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology).

Further Information and Links

The IUKWC was established in 2016 to promote cooperation and collaboration in water security research by developing a platform for long-term partnerships and dialogue between Indian and UK water researchers, water policy-makers and water businesses. The Centre is funded by the National Environment Research Council (NERC), UK and Ministry of Earth Sciences, India (MoES). Further information about the Centre, future events and publications can be found at: www.iukwc.org

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Useful Links

Natural Environment Research Councilwww.nerc.ac.uk
Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences www.moes.gov.in
The University of Birminghamwww.birmingham.ac.uk
The Energy and Resources Institute www.teriin.org
The Wildlife Institute of India http://wii.gov.in
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology www.ceh.ac.uk
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology www.tropmet.res.in