Friday, March 8, 2013

'India needs micro-level data for climate action'

Archita Bhatta and Athar Parvaiz in India needs micro-level scientific assessment at the state, district and village levels for effective planning and implementation of measures to combat climate change, a national workshop has highlighted.

The workshop on  climate-resilient development, organised last month (13 February), discussed integrating climate change into development programmes in semi-arid regions like Bundelkhand in central India. Participants pointed to how lack of micro-level climate change information at the state and district level was affecting planning and implementation of climate resilient development in Bundelkhand.

"We need scientific assessment of the vulnerabilities of each state that can predict weather and climate impacts, and also greenhouse gas inventories," said Lokendra Thakkar, general manager and coordinator at the climate change division of the Madhya Pradesh state government.

India launched a National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) in 2008, but translating the policy into ground-level action depends to a large extent on states that are developing individual climate action plans. India needs models that can predict, with reasonable certainty, long-term climatic conditions that will prevail over a state over a specific time period, said Ashwani Kulkarni, scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune.

"We have not been able to scale down the climate prediction models to predict long-term climatic conditions in a state," Kulkarni told SciDev.Net, adding that the IITM is developing a model to predict long- term climatic conditions over individual Indian states...

The western state of Rajasthan hosts the large Thar desert in northern India. Shot by sushmita balasubramani, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license


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