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HighNoon: adaptation to changing water resources availability in northern India with Himalayan glacier retreat and changing monsoon pattern

Objective

The hydrological system of Northern India is based on two main phenomena, the monsoon precipitation in summer and the growth and melt of the snow and ice cover in the Himalaya, also called the “Water Tower of Asia”. However, climate change is expected to change these phenomena and it will have a profound impact on snow cover, glaciers and its related hydrology, water resources and the agricultural economy on the Indian peninsula (Singh and Kumar, 1996, Divya and Mehrotra, 1995). It is a great challenge to integrate the spatial and temporal glacier retreat and snowmelt and changed monsoon pattern in weather prediction models under different climate scenarios. Furthermore, the output of these models will have an effect on the input of the hydrological models. The retreat of glaciers and a possible change in monsoon precipitation and pattern will have a great impact on the temporal and spatial availability of water resources in Northern India. Besides climate change, socio-economic development will also have an influence on the use of water resources, the agricultural economy and the adaptive capacity. Socio-economic development determines the level of adaptive capacity. It is a challenge to find appropriate adaptation strategies with stakeholders for each of the sectors agriculture, energy, health and water supply by assessing the impact outputs of the hydrological and socio-economical models. The principal aim of the project is to assess the impact of Himalayan glaciers retreat and possible changes of the Indian summer monsoon on the spatial and temporal distribution of water resources in Northern India and to provide recommendations for appropriate and efficient response strategies that strengthen the cause for adaptation to hydrological extreme events.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2008-1
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STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
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Netherlands
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Nies Springer (Ms.)

Participants (8)

THE ENERGY AND RESOURCES INSTITUTE
India
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€ 481 360
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Lodhi Road Darbari Seth Block Ihc Complex
110 003 New Delhi
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Research Organisations
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K. Rajagopal (Mr.)
MET OFFICE
United Kingdom
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€ 200 961
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Fitzroy Road
EX1 3PB Exeter
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Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Terry Warner (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD
United Kingdom
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€ 334 364
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The Crescent 43
M5 4WT Salford
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Linda Kelly (Ms.)
FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
India
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€ 428 186
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Hauz Khas New Delhi
110016 New Delhi
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kirity Kumar Roy (Mr.)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
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€ 311 295
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Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munchen
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Research Organisations
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Claudia Piltz (Ms.)
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, KHARAGPUR
India
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€ 225 800
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District- West Midanpore W.b.
721302 Kharagpur
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tapas (T.R.) Maiti (Mr.)
TOKAI NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION ANDRESEARCH SYSTEM, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION
Japan
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€ 49 400
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Furocho, Chikusa-ku, Aichi
464 8601 Nagoya
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Naomi Shimizu (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 390 601
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Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Markus Stoffel (Dr.)