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Water climate services to inform food and water security in India
A collaborative (NERC-funded) project with the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, (India) focusing on assessments of water related ecosystem services in the face of climate change. The project includes the application of UCL-based hydrological models of the Narmada Basin (India) and the Barak-Kushiyara River Basin (India and Bangladesh) and explores potential uncertainties associated with alternative datasets for forcing these models and climate change using the CMIP5 GCM database and a UCL-based quantile mapping downscaling approach. Impacts and uncertainty on ecosystem services is being assessed using simulated hydrological changes (e.g. river flow, wetland extents and water level regimes), information on water requirements for sectors including agriculture and HEP, and adoption of the ERFA risk-based environmental flow methodology developed through collaborative research between UCL and CEH (and refined as part of this project using a large ensemble of GCM projections for the Upper Niger and Inner Niger Delta of West Africa). In the case of the Barak-Kushiyara this includes the modification of ERFA to employ simulated hydrological conditions within extensive, and economically important, floodplain wetlands in the lower part of the basin (e.g. water levels / flood extent). The project is also exploring the feasibility of developing approaches based on the UK Flood Estimation Handbook within India with an initial focus on Maharashtra State and in collaboration with the Institute of Technology Bombay, India Meteorological Department and Maharashtra Engineering Research Institute.
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2 External Collaborators
  • Prof Mike Acreman
    Centre for Ecology and Evolution - United Kingdom
  • Prof Sharad Jain
    National Institute of Hydrology - India
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