Department of Agricultural Engineering

North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology,

Arunachal Pradesh


Two-Weeks Faculty Development     

Programme (FDP)



Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources


October 14 - 25, 2019



Sponsored by

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)





The North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) is a unique Institute of its own kind in the country, having unconventional and innovative academic programmes. It is an autonomous institute under MHRD, Govt. of India. It was established in 1983 to produce technical manpower at various levels and to meet the technical requirements for the all-round development of the North Eastern States. NERIST got the status of deemed to be university on 31st May 2005 under section 3 of the UGC Act 1956. It offers modular pattern of education in all disciplines of Engineering along with Forestry as an applied science discipline from 10th standard to degree levels. It also offers various postgraduate (MTech, MBA and MSc) and doctoral programmes in all branches of engineering, applied science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, humanities and management.

About the Programme

Climate change is a serious global environmental concern. The temperature of the earth is now the warmest in the last 400 years. IPCC has reported that the globally averaged combined land and ocean surface temperature showed a warming of 0.85 °C over the period 1880 to 2012. The annual mean temperature is reported to be increased by 0.01 °C per year in the eastern Himalayas. Global increase in temperatures directly affects the hydrology of the land surface through changes in the accumulation and ablation of snow, as well as in evapotranspiration. The Himalayan glaciers are freshwater reserves as they provide the headwaters for nine major river systems in Asia. Climate change is already being witnessed in the Himalayas where glacier and glacial lakes are changing at alarming rate. The aim of the course is to contribute to reducing the vulnerabilities of people and societies to shifts in hydro- meteorological trends, increased variability and extreme events. This training course will focus on managing risk and dealing with uncertainty on climate change on water resources through various measures, including monitoring known hazards and risks, reducing the unknown risks through system research, and determining the range and type of relevant uncertainties. The course will also focus on the identification of adaptation measures with particular emphasis on droughts. It will also cover the important need to protect and restore ecosystems that provide critical land and water resources and services. The course will further discuss the need to close the gap between water supply and demand and to resolve water resources conflicts.



•   To acquaint the participants with different sources of projected climatic scenarios applicable for India. 

•   To   facilitate   the   participants   with   the   use   of   remote sensing and GIS software like ERDAS and ArcGIS.

•  To provide the participants state of the art information regarding present and future trend of meteorological and hydrological parameters.

•  To demonstrate the participants various hydrological modelling system (SWAT, VIC, RHESSys, SDSRM etc.) coupled with climatic models.

•  To present various relevant case studies to the participants for the practical application of hydrological models under projected climatic scenarios.

• To provide a forum for the scientists, engineers, technologists, stakeholders, and persons from industry for mutual sharing of knowledge, expertise and experience related to the assessment of climate change impact on water resources.


Expected Outcome

• This training is intended to increase the participants’ understanding about climate change and to explore possible solutions. There are actions that can be taken to prepare for a more variable climate and we can make a case to our policy makers to prepare for change. The most important immediate action concerns the way we manage our water resources. Improving our management of water today will prepare us to adapt tomorrow. Improved understanding of our water resources will allow more efficient and flexible allocation systems and better investment in infrastructure, both to improve access to water and reduce risks from climate change.

•  Better networking among scientists, engineers, technologists, stakeholders, and persons from industry can be established. Future research scope at multi-institutional level can be generated. From the experience of field engineers and stakeholders, real scenarios of water resources under climate change can be identified and incorporated in the research.


Course Content


(Note: This content is subject to change based on availability of experts)

Day 1 and 2 (14/10/19 – 15/10/19): Drivers of climate change and future climatic scenarios

·           Understanding drivers and the physical science basis of climate change

·           Spatio-temporal variability of climatic variables (temperature and precipitation) over India

·           Analysis of projected climatic variables under future scenarios


Day 3 and 4 (16/10/19 and 17/10/19): Climate change and water resources

·           Understanding observed and projected impacts on the water resources of India.

·           Observed changes and trends in the hydrological parameters.

·           Impact of climate change on snow cover and glaciers of India.


Day 5 (18/10/19): Climate change and water dependent systems

·           Impact of climate change on the agricultural systems.

·           impact of climate change on eco-system (soil resources, forest, wildlife etc.)

·           Impact of climate change on rural livelihoods.


Day 6 and 7 (19/10/19 – 20/10/19): Field trip (Optional/ On payment basis)


Day 8 and 9 (21/10/19 – 22/10/19): Hydrological modelling coupled with climatic models

·           Overview of various hydrological and climatic models

·           Coupling of hydrological and climatic models

·           Prediction of runoff, sediment yield and other hydrological parameters under projected climatic scenarios


Day 10 (23/10/19): Watershed Management to address climate change

·            What is Integrated Watershed Management?

·            Importance of IWM for adaptation to climate change

·            How can IWM help address climate change?

Day 11 and 12 (24/10/19 and 25/10/19): Strategy development and planning for adaptation to climate change

·            Analysis of vulnerability of natural resources to climate change

·            Indian national strategy for climate change adaptation and mitigation

·            Climate change management strategies of India

Who Should Attend:


The course is open to faculty members of engineering colleges/ institutes/ universities. Participants from government departments and industries are also eligible. The number of seats is limited to 40 and selection is based on first come first serve basis.


Resource Persons:

•    Dr. Rajeev Kumar Mehajan, Scientist "G" & Advisor, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, SERB, Ministry of Science and Technology

•    Dr. A.V. Kulkarni, Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Divecha Centre for Climate Change, IISC, Bangalore

•    Dr. Rajendra Singh, Brahmaputra Chair Professor for Water Resources, Professor, Department Agricultural and Food Engineering, IIT Kharagpur

•    Dr. Arup Kumar Sarma, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Guwahati

•    Dr. Subashisa Dutta, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Guwahati

•     Dr. Swapna Acharjee, Scientist, State Remote Sensing Application Centre (SRSAC), Itanagar

•     Dr. Makhanlal Nanda Goswami, Department of Physics, Midnapore Collage

•    Er. Mahendra S. Lodhi, Scientist, North East Regional Centre, G. B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development

•    Niladri Banerjee. Dy. Manager, Technical support at Intergraph – ERDAS, Kolkata

•     Experienced Faculty members of NERIST involved in research related to climate change




The registration fees structure for various types of participants is given below.


  Faculty from host Institution, i.e., NERIST (8 seats)



  Faculty from other Institutions (28 seats)


Rs. 500/-*

Participants from Industry/ R&D Organizations (4 seats)


Rs. 500/-*

  *Refundable subject to joining the course


·        The number of participants are restricted and hence the selection will be made by short listing the applicants based on registration.

·       The registration form can be filled up online at Alternatively, duly filled registration form (attached) should be submitted through email.

·        All candidates must pay the registration fee to secure the seat. The fee will be refunded to the candidate on spot upon joining the course. The account details for fee deposit is given in the registration form.

·        Brochure can be downloaded at


Important Dates:

•   Deadline for Registration of Participation: 31st August 2019

•   Intimation of selection by email: 15th September 2019

Travel Assistance:


Outstation eligible participants will be entitled for III AC to and fro railway fare* via the shortest route from the place of work. Candidates attending the course in full only will be eligible for TA reimbursement.

*Note: Tatkal reservation charges will not be reimbursed.

Boarding and Lodging:

Boarding and lodging facilities will be provided free of cost for the selected outstation candidates in the institute guest houses during course period. No DA will be provided. Participants from government departments and industries are required to arrange their own lodging and boarding (may be provided on payment basis).


Programme Coordinators:


Dr. Aditi Bhadra

Associate Professor, AE, NERIST

Mobile: 9436229801/ 8974058283


Dr. Arnab Bandyopadhyay

Associate Professor, AE, NERIST

Mobile: 9402275849/ 8974068190