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Water Resource Management & Science – Supporting One Another

The India UK Water Centre welcomes you to its free, online event to engage with new water research tools and methods that could contribute to your operational practice. 

Link here to access the event page

We have put together a set of interviews with researchers from six Indo-UK projects that provide an overview of their research outputs and how these can support water operations, management and/or decision making. 

We also have the pleasure of hosting an interview with the Director of the Basin Planning Directorate, Central Water Commission who shares his perspectives on collaborative research and the key areas that future collaborations need to take to have impact on water resource management in India.

The UEI aims to communicate the current scientific needs and nature of government-academia collaborations in India to wider scientific and stakeholder communities in both the countries.

These pre-recorded interviews were launched during the 2-hour event held on the 9th of September, but which has now been extended to 17th September, 2020. Attendees are now able to post comments under each video, which will be reviewed by the interviewees by the 18th of September. A transcript in Hindi, is made available for each video.

The event is packed with useful insight into projects ranging from groundwater characterisation and management to improving agriculture water-use efficiency through soil moisture assessments. You will also get to see the latest in modelling for catchment-level management that take into consideration key aspects of ecosystem services, climate change, and prioritisation and investment in water infrastructure.

The IUKWC originally hosted these events as annual in-country events, dubbed ‘User Engagement Initiatives (UEIs)’. This year, due to the pandemic, it was impossible to physically bring people together, and so we did the next best thing – creating this virtual event.

Remember to post your queries to the experts and to provide feedback on the event in the comments section.

Event Schedule

WhatWhoWhen(all times are IST/ BST)
Welcome AddressIUKWC Coordinators Dr AK Sahai, IITM (Hindi) Prof H. Dixon, UKCEH (English)

11.30 AM/ 7.00 AM

Working Together - Perspectives from the Director, Basin Planning Directorate, Central Water CommissionMr Sunil, Kumar, Director, Basin Planning Directorate, CWC

11.35 AM/ 7.05 AM

Coupled Human And Natural Systems Environment for water management under uncertainty in the Indo-Gangetic Plain (CHANSE)Dr Subimal Ghosh, IIT Bombay11.40 AM/ 7.10 AM
Upscaling Catchment Processes in Peninsular India (UPSCAPE)Dr Kaushal Garg, ICRISAT, Hyderabad12.00 / 7.30 AM
Groundwater resilience to climate change and abstraction in the Indo-Gangetic basin(Pump Priming Project)Dr Gopal Krishan, NIH Roorkee & Dr Andrew McKenzie, British Geological Survey, UK12.20 PM/ 7.50 AM

Alluvial aquifer characterisation and data integration for better groundwater management in India

Dr Rajiv Sinha, IIT Kanpur & Dr Alexander Densmore, University of Durham, UK12.40 PM/ 8.10 AM
Sustaining Himalayan WATer resources in a changing climate (SusHi-Wat)Prof Ian Holman & Dr Andrea Momblanch, Cranfield University, UK13.00 PM/ 8.30 AM
COSMOS-India: Managing Water Well and Rural Capacity Building ProgrammeDr Jonathan Evans, UKCEH & Dr Milind Mujumdar, IITM, Pune13.20 PM/ 8.50 AM
Event Closes14.00 PM/ 9.30 AM