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The India-UK Water Centre is inviting applications from Indian and UK water scientists to attend a workshop on Integrating precipitation forecasts and climate predictions with basin-scale hydrological modelling in the Himalayas.

The Himalayan region and downstream areas are strongly affected by hydrological variability. Hydrological forecasts for the Himalayas for days to seasons ahead can benefit stakeholders such as dam operators, farmers, industry, and water management boards in planning their day-to-day activities, while long-term projections help adapting to climate change. They are also crucial to mitigate against risks associated with floods and droughts.

The current situation in India is characterised by the availability of state-of-the-art global and regional weather forecasting and climate models, as well as of glacio-hydrological models. However, a key challenge for providing hydrological forecasts is the integration of weather forecast and climate models with glacio-hydrological models which are still in a pioneering phase and not operationally available. A major problem are precipitation biases in weather and climate models, which in turn lead to biases in the output of glacio-hydrological models. Moreover, not all important processes, basin properties and water use aspects are incorporated in glacio-hydrological models, partly due to scarce observations. This workshop will develop ways forward, by addressing the most relevant scientific questions, as well as practical, organisational and capacity issues.

The aim of the workshop is to foster the development of short-, medium-, and long-term hydrological predictions for Himalayan basins by specifying how integrated meteo-hydrological prediction systems for the region can be improved. The specific objectives are:

  • Discuss solutions for key scientific problems that hamper integrated modelling, for instance precipitation biases and choice of suitable statistical post-processing/correction methods, or availability of observations for model evaluation and defining initial conditions.
  • Assess the current state of meteorological and glacio-hydrological modelling capabilities and identify gaps and ways forward, including how to gain synergies by increasing cross-institutional collaboration.
  • Increase the collaboration between the meteorological and hydrological communities. 

The workshop is likely to be of interest to: glaciologists; hydrologists, meteorologists and climate 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 attached document Terms and Conditions of workshop attendance.

Places are limited to approximately 10 participants from the UK and 20 from India. The Centre will look to ensure a balance of expertise and numbers of attendees from any one institution represented at the workshop. When assessing applications 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.

If you would like to apply to attend the workshop please complete the online application form by 20/01/2018. Successful applicants will be notified by 01/02/18.


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Wednesday, 2 May, 2018 - 09:00 to Friday, 4 May, 2018 - 17:00
Event location: 
Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital, India
Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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