Pump Priming Project 5: The influence of the monsoon on freshwater availability for agriculture in the Sundarbans region of West Bengal, India, under current and climate change conditions

pump priming project 5

Indian Activity Lead Name: 

Prof. Lalu Das

Indian Activity Lead Organization: 

Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya

UK Activity Lead Name: 

Dr. Alexandre Gagnon

UK Activity Lead Organisation: 

Liverpool John Moores University

This project aims to develop downscaled climate change scenarios using the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) Global Climate Models (GCMs), whose resolution is currently too coarse for their use in local decision-making. The impact of variations in freshwater availability under current and climate change conditions will be examined, as well as the influence of those climatic variations on agricultural outputs as a way to engage with stakeholders to understand their willingness to adapt. The major crop in the region is rice, with the Khariff and Baro variety cultivated during the summer and winter, respectively. A rice model will be used to depict how the crop yield is affected by changes in climate.

This project is an outcome of IUKWC’s GFES event on "Managing and monitoring agricultural water demand" which took place during Dec 10-12, 2018, in Sundarbans, India. Also participating in this project are, Professor Gautam Saha of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya and Dr Indrani Roy.

Activity Date Calender: 

Thursday, May 2, 2019 to Saturday, August 31, 2019

Google map location: 

sunderban