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 to be held over three days at the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) in Nainital, India 2nd – 4th May 2018.
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.
For further details please see here; applications close 20/01/2018