The INDICE final workshop will be held 23–24 May 2016 at the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate in Oslo.
The presentations from the final worskhop are available here.
What is happening in the Himalayas? How is climate change having an effect on temperature, rain, snow and ice in this high-mountain region, and what effect is it having on the large populations that live alongside the rivers and watersheds further downstream?
The INDICE project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and is a collaborative effort between 5 research institutions – two in Norway and three in India – to study and try to answer these questions. The project started in August 2012 and will finish in 2016. The final project meeting will be in May 2016 and is a 2-day event. The second day will be open to interested parties – glaciologists, hydrologists, meteorologists, other scientists working in India, or working in the Himalayas outside of India; those studying the societal effects of climate change and all others who are interested in this topic.
There will be presentations on the results from INDICE, and we would also like to invite groups doing similar work, especially groups funded by the INDNOR programme of the Norwegian Research Council, to consider participating in the meeting and presenting their results.
Please contact Dr. Miriam Jackson, mja [at] nve.no, if you are interested in participating in this workshop.
The real Legacy of INDICE: Capacity building
In the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET Norway), we are developing a climate analysis and downscaling tool, of which our Indian partners have become pilot users. This tool, developed under the R-programming for statistical computing - is designed to be intuitive, flexible and user-friendly, and prompted our colleagues to make a move from using Excel to the more versatile and flexible R-environment. R software runs on all platforms and is free.
After two weeks of training in R and ‘esd’, our indian partners, starting with no programming knowledge, learned how to handle huge amount of data, make plots and produce climatic maps, and run ‘esd’ based on selected weather stations located in western himalayan region in India.
Learning to master R in itself will be a significant enhancement of their long-term ability to work with statistics and data analysis, including climate.
There has been two-ways of capacity building. While our pilot users learned to use our tool and R, we also benefited to learn about weaknesses and strengths concerning our tool. One particular issue was related to missing values in weather variables and how to deal with gaps in the data record. Missing data and interpolation can give misleading results in terms of trend analysis.
We also had the opportunity to test the framework of our empirical-statistical downscaling (ESD) on a very different climate than Norway, that is the western himalayan region influenced by the indian monsoon.
The tool is based on the free and open R-environment, and is available as open-source computer code hosted by the social coding web platform known as ‘github’.
Awards and Achievements from WP II of INDICE Project
1. Best Oral Presentation on “Quantification of centennial scale warming over western Himalayan region of India” by Monami Dutta from Department of Agricultural Meteorology and Physics, BCKV in the International symposium of “Association of Agro Meteorologist” on New – Dimension on Agro Meteorology for Sustainable Agriculture (NASA-2014) held on 16-18 October, 2014 at GBPUA & T Pantnagar, Uttarakhand.
2. First runner of Poster Presentation on “Future Rainfall change scenarios simulated through AR4 and AR5 GCMs over the Western Himalayan Region” by Jitendra Kumar Meher from Department of Agricultural Meteorology and Physics, BCKV in the International symposium of “Association of Agro Meteorologist” on New – Dimension on Agro meteorology for Sustainable Agriculture (NASA-2014) held on 16-18 October, 2014 at GBUT Pantnagar.
3. First runner of Oral Presentation on “Are IPCC GCMs able to simulate the observed decreasing trend of Rainfall over Western Himalayan Region of India” by Dr. Lalu Das Associate Professor and Head Department of Agricultural Meteorology and Physics, BCKV in the International symposium of “Association of Agro Meteorologist” on New – Dimension on Agro meteorology for Sustainable Agriculture (NASA-2014) held on 16-18 October, 2014 at GBUT Pantnagar.