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Himalayan river systems dictate the water supply in northern India, where glaciers and monsoon rain ensures water availability to more than half a billion people. In the past few decades anthropogenic climate change and human exploitation of water resources has decimated water availability in north India, and future global warming and rising population are projected to lead to a state of severe water stress. Therefore, it is imperative to understand the changes in water fluxes, which can only be achieved by observing long-term changes in glacier mass, groundwater, surface water, precipitation, evapo-transpiration and human consumption. In-situ observational records are limited in space and in time; a problem that can be addressed by employing remote sensing satellite observations. Integrating remote sensing observations with field observations to obtain a better assessment of changing hydro-climatology will help us to develop a data set that can be used to validate, calibrate and regional hydrological models. This will further help us understand changes in water cycle components and their drivers. Improving understanding of relationships between anthropogenic climate change, human intervention and natural variability of river systems is necessary to predict the future water security under various climate projections.

The Water sEcurity assessment of Indian rivers oriGinating from the Himalayas (WEIGH) workshop will be held online from 7th to 11th September 2020
It will consist of 5 x 4 hour sessions 13.30-17.30 IST (8.00-12.00 GMT; 9.00-13.00 BST).

Submissions are invited for oral and poster presentations, and registered participants are welcome to submit more than one abstract. The deadline for abstract submission is 2200 IST (1630 GMT) on Monday 24th August 2020. Each virtual speaker will get 20 minutes to present, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Since participants will be from different fields with different backgrounds, we recommend that presentations introduce state-of-the-art techniques and data products, describe case studies that use them, identify limitations and consider future progress. We aim to discuss interdisciplinary solutions and novel ideas to fill gaps in our understanding. The workshop will be held in English, and all participants are expected to have standard proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in English to engage fully in discussions.

Important dates
Registration and abstract submission deadline: Monday 24th August 2020
Poster submission deadline: Wednesday 3rd September 2020
Workshop: Monday 7th September 2020 to 11th September 2020

This Partnership Development Workshop (PDW) falls under the Research and Innovation strand of the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). The aim of UKIERI-DST Partnership Development Workshops is to help researchers from both countries to come together and provide an overview of developments and trends on mutual themes of interest, share their research findings and explore joint collaborations and partnerships. In addition, the workshops aim to support international development-relevant research. PDWs aims to engage 300 researchers and faculty in research themes over 16 Partnership Development Workshops to be delivered in 2020. The WEIGH organising team consists of renowned researchers in the field of remote sensing, glaciology, hydrology, climate change, modelling and data processing. The workshop aims to recognise important gaps in contemporary research, discuss a robust plan to fill those gaps and define a path going forward.  It further aims to identify focus areas and develop grant proposals and research projects that will influence water management policy and the lives of millions of people.

Please contact grp-weigh-workshop@groups.bristol.ac.uk if you have any questions about the WEIGH workshop.