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Communicating Modeled Information for Adaptation Decision Making The HighNoon project set out to assess the impact of the retreat of Himalayan glaciers and expected changes in the Indian summer monsoon on the distribution of water resources in Northern India. The project’s aim was “to recommend appropriate and efficient response strategies to enable adaptation to hydrological extreme events.” The project used information from scenarios generated by regional climate and hydrological models and integrated this with stakeholder perspectives to identify and prioritize adaptation strategies. By examining the HighNoon project, this case study explores how adaptation relevant information can best be packaged and disseminated to different users and audiences at the state, district, and block levels. It also explores what kinds of information are of most interest to different stakeholders and how different information could contribute (or not) to adaptation decision making.
WRI, TERI Issue Brief / HighNoon: Sreeja Nair, Sneha Balakrishnan, Suruchi Bhadwal, Sambita Ghosh, G.J. Lingaraj, Arabinda Mishra, Ashok Mishra, Ajay Bhave, Annemarie Groot, Christian Siderius, Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga, Hester Biemans, Eddy Moors, Tanya Singh, Friday 31 August 2012
Article 'Regional climate model application at subgrid scale on Indian winter monsoon over the western Himalayas' The western Himalayas is characterized by heterogeneous land surface characteristics and topography. During winter, eastward moving low-pressure synoptic weather systems, called Western Disturbances in Indian parlance, cause the majority of the precipitation mostly in the form of snow. The interplay between land surface/topography and WDs greatly controls precipitation distribution over the region. This study seeks to evaluate this using a mosaic-type parameterization of subgrid-scale topography and land use (sub-BATS) for regional climate simulation with a regional climate model (RegCM3). The model coarse grid cell size in the control simulation is 60 km while the subgrid cell size is 10 km. This study compares two 22 year simulations (1980–2001) during winter (DJF). The first simulation is without (CONT) and the second is with (SUB) the fine scale subgrid scheme. Representing the fine scale processes using the subgrid scheme SUB experiment simulates reduced precipitation by approximately 2 mm d−1 with comparison to CONT experiment. This estimation of reduced and closer to the corresponding observed precipitation is important for regional water budget over the WH which is primarily governed by topographic and land surface disaggregation. Validation with corresponding observations over similar elevations shows that SUB displays an improvement over CONT experiment. This relevant decrease of precipitation in SUB using disaggregation-reaggregation methodology for initial model input fields in subBATS scheme is due to better representation of the WH topography. In case of temperature, SUB experiment displays colder bias (∼2–4 °C) than the CONT over the Himalayas. This preliminary finding is important for studying regional water balance, snow melt accumulation in following summer period.
International Journal of Climatology, Monday 30 July 2012
HighNoon Delivery Reports available Tens of Delivery Reports from the HighNoon Workblocks you can find in section Publications - Delivery Reports.
HighNoon Secretary, Wednesday 4 July 2012
‘Ganga basin temperatures to rise by 1-2°C by 2050’ Glaciers in the eastern Himalaya, which are usually smaller and at lower altitudes, are shrinking. These are losing more ice than is being replaced by snowfall. Glaciers in the western Himalaya are at higher altitudes and growing. Their growth can be attributed largely to snow accumulation by strong and frequent westerly winds. However, the data coverage is low and no definitive number can be given for the growth or shrinkage of the glaciers. It has become increasingly important to monitor them. An interview with HighNoon project leader Dr. Eddy Moors.
Down to Earth, Monday 18 June 2012
Study finds there's still hope for Himalayan glaciers The world is becoming increasing concerned about the threat of an upcoming water shortage, leading to its very own crisis. However, it now appears as if previous fears regarding the Himalayan glacier may have been unduly warranted, according to a new international study. The results are an outcome of the HighNoon project.
CORDIS, Friday 1 June 2012
Overview with HighNoon events Overview with workshops, discussion meetings, the spring school and other events, which were held during the HighNoon project.
HighNoon Secretary, Friday 18 May 2012
HighNoon video on the Ganges basis A video compilation of the Ganga, which has been made by HighNoon team members.
TERI, Saturday 7 April 2012
HighNoon Spring School has started on April 2 The HighNoon Spring School has started this week at IITD in Delhi, India.
HighNoon Secretary, Monday 2 April 2012
Glaciers, Snow melt and Runoff in the Himalayas - Report on the outcomes of a Trans-Himalayan workshop held at ICIMOD in Kathmandu, Nepal, 6-7 Feb 2012 HighNoon, with the support of ICIMOD, DFID and the SDC, organised a Trans-Himalayan workshop on "Glacier, Snow Melt and Runoff in the Himalayas" on 6–7 February 2012, at ICIMOD in Kathmandu, Nepal. The two-days workshop aimed at bringing together regional and international researchers, government administration and donor agencies to discuss the current state of cryospheric and glacio-hydrologic research in the wider Hindu Kush – Himalayan region.
HighNoon Secretary, Friday 24 February 2012
Report Panel Discussion on Adapting to Climate Change and Water Resource Availability in the Ganges Basin Climate change is projected to have a short term and long term impact on the hydrological system. On the short term discharge of rivers in the north will increase due to the melting of snow and glaciers. On the long term the snow and glaciers will have melted for a great part and their contribution to the rivers’ flow will decrease,” says a HighNoon observation. With this background, a Panel Discussion, ‘Adapting to the Changing Climate and Water Resource Availability in Ganges Basin’ was organised on February 3 coinciding with the 12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2012.
Radiance Media Group, Monday 6 February 2012