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IUKWC Workshop November 2016: Developing Hydro-climatic Services for Water Security - Welcome - H_Dixon


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IUKWC Workshop November 2016: Developing Hydro-climatic Services for Water Security
Day 1 - Introduction - Harry Dixon

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IUKWC Workshop November 2016: Developing Hydro-climatic Services for Water Security - Welcome - H_Dixon

  1. 1. Dr Harry Dixon UK Coordinator, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Developing Hydro-Climate Services for Water Security Workshop 29 November - 1 December 2016, Pune The India-UK Water Centre
  2. 2. A Natural Environment Research Council and Ministry of Earth Sciences virtual joint centre. Hosted by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  3. 3. Natural Environment Research Council NERC fund excellent, peer-reviewed environmental science that helps: • understand and predict how our planet works • manage our environment responsibly • Meet society’s needs: – Benefiting from natural resources – Resilience to environmental hazards – Managing environmental change
  4. 4. Partnership with MoES • Scientific and technical collaboration in natural environmental research including meteorology, climate variability and change, oceanography, hydrology, natural hazards and biodiversity. • Currently have 4 joint programmes: • Changing Water Cycle • Sustaining Water Resources • Drivers of Variability in the South Asian Monsoon • Atmospheric Pollution & Human Health in an Indian Megacity
  5. 5. • Five joint projects to improve understanding and predictions of regional precipitation, evapotranspiration, soil moisture, hydrological storage • Finale event held in New Delhi in May 2016 Changing Water Cycle Changes in Groundwater Level in Ghaggar Basin (Punjab & Haryana). From ‘The structure and dynamics of groundwater systems in Northwestern India’ project led by IIT Kanpur and University of Durham
  6. 6. • Part of the MoES National Monsoon Mission • Three joint UK-India projects underway • The focus is on developing a better understanding of processes driving variability, seasonality and predictability in the South Asian monsoon Drivers of Variability in the South Asian Monsoon
  7. 7. • Supported by Newton-Bhabha Fund, led by NERC and MoES • Will use a whole systems approach to develop a framework for integrated basin- wide models of water resources • Three UK-India case studies across India Sustaining Water Resources for Food, Energy & Ecosystem Services
  8. 8. • India-UK Water Quality programme being developed by Dept. of Science & Technology (DST), NERC and the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC) • Scoping workshop held in November 2016 • Call for India-UK collaborative projects expected to be issued in early 2017 Water Quality
  9. 9. The Centre aims to support the development of the sustained and meaningful interdisciplinary UK-India partnerships needed to deliver the aspirations of MoES- NERC water resources research
  10. 10. Functions of the Centre •Research Community •Stakeholder Community Engaging the Community •Science Workshops •Researcher Exchange Schemes Facilitating Partnerships •User Engagement Initiatives Enhancing Knowledge Exchange •Pump Priming Projects Supporting Future Collaboration
  11. 11. 5 Cross-sectoral Themes Developing hydro-climatic services to support water security Building cross-sectoral collaborations to understand the dynamic interactions across the water-energy-food nexus Using new scientific knowledge to help stakeholders set objectives for freshwater management Improving freshwater monitoring frameworks and data for research and management Transforming science into catchment management solutions
  12. 12. • Join the Open Network of India- UK Water Scientists • Respond to calls to take part in science workshops • Submit a proposal under the bi- annual calls for activity funding How to get involved 1st funding call for workshops and exchanges between January - June 2017 to be announced soon
  13. 13. Workshop and Researcher Exchanges Science Workshops • 2-4 days • Held in India or the UK • Bring together 15-30 scientists • State of knowledge, ideas for future joint research, training Researcher Exchange Schemes • 1-3 weeks • India to UK or UK to India • Senior Exchange Scheme and Junior Exchange Scheme • Explore research ideas, build capacity in methods, exchange latest findings
  14. 14. Promoting cooperation and collaboration between Indian and UK water researchers, water policy-makers and water businesses More information available via: