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National Mission on Himalayan Studies

Implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC)
Nodal and Serving hub with G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development

Project Title:

Dynamics of Himalayan Ecosystem and Its Impact under Changing Climate Scenario in


Western Himalaya


1. Project Details
Sanction Date: 31-03-2016
Project Category LG
Year 2015-2016
Project Duration 3 Years
BTA : Water Resource Management
Project Site/ State/ Districts/ Villages Covered: Upper Ganga and Indus Basins within the Western Himalayan Region
Organization/ Implementation Agency: School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi
Project Partners: S.No. Name Roles & Responsibilities
  • IIT Mumbai, Maharashtra
Hydrological Projections, Drought Scenarios, Flood Return Levels
National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, Uttarakhand

1.Temperature & precipitation gradients across the Himalaya.

2.100 AT/RH station data and precipitation data for subgrid scale parameterization

National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, Noida, UP

1. Hydrological water budget and change in the changing climate

2. Model based future projection in water budget

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka Tree, bird and mammal databases for Indus basin; Maxent models
Lead Proponent: Dr. A.P. Dimri
School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi
Project Brief Description: The impact of climate change on Himalayan hydrology, biodiversity and ecosystem properties remain poorly explored. It may be due to lack of climatic and species distribution data along altitudinal gradients across the IHR, wet-dry and other atmospheric flows which influence local to regional processes as well as global weather patterns. To unlock these issues, it is a priority to develop better understanding of the atmospheric processes and resultant hydrological, glaciological and ecological responses over the IHR. This project therefore is structured to achieve this objective in understanding complexities associated with hydrology-glaciology-ecology within the climate change framework and its implications and manifestations thereof. The project has few interventions such as monitor climate data, develop model, use measured data to minimise uncertainty, analyses of LULC maps for identify fragmentation statistics, communicate and share relevant climatic and ecological information with Himalayan communities to the objectives. Finally, main outcomes of the project are: establishment of long-term climate monitoring, species distribution databases, identifying frequency of extreme hydro-meteorological events, glacier and snow-melt dynamics, water management strategy to reduce risk to flooding and drought etc.
Beneficiaries/ Stakeholders:

Village communities across three river basins in 100 intensive study sites where we implement citizen science and outreach programs

State Agencies and Central Govt Agencies


Activity Chart (For 3years) Click Here

2. Financial Details
Total Grants (in Rs.) Rs. 2,10,02,000/-( Rupees two crore ten lakh two thousand only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs.1,27,50,000/- (Rupees- One crore twenty seven lakh fifty thousand only)
Expenditure (in Rs.) Upto 30.11.2016 : 0.89 Cr

3. Project Objectives, Deliverables and Monitoring Indicators
Project Objectives Quantifiable Deliverables Monitoring Indicators
Develop database for climate and ecological processes across the elevation gradients Development of world class field observatories and long-term ecological and climate monitoring systems in the Indian Himalaya No of long term monitoring systems established in 2 basins
Regional climate modeling with subgrid orographic forcing, extreme hydrological events, biodiversity dynamics for the present (1970-2010) Understand of the interrelations between atmospheric-cryospheric-glacio-hydrological-ecological systems Assessment reports of watershed (Nos.)
Regional climate model simulations for climate change scenarios (upto ~ 2100). Integrated and synthetic assessment of vegetation and faunal response to climate change in three different Himalayan watersheds. Models and knowledge products developed and published out of the projects (Nos.)
Identify ecological restoration strategies to adapt to future climatic scenarios. Communities engaged in monitoring program (Nos.)
Women participation in science outreach program (Nos.)






S.No. Name Qualification Designation Salary
1. Sameer Javed MSc. Geology JRF Rs.12500/+HRA
2. Arkadeb Banerjee MSc Atm. Sc. JRF Rs.25000+HRA
S.No. Name of Equipment Use of Equipment Cost (in INR)
1. AT/RH Instruments for environmental meteorological monitoring not specified
1. High performance computational machine for model simulation and data handling not specified
1. Desktop/Printer etc. For research and various analysis not specified
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Last Updated on: 26.03.2019