A 5-day “Science and Training Workshop on Climate Change over the High Mountains of Asia (HMA) and Annual Climate Change workshop of CCCR- IITM” was organized between 8 and 12 October 2018, at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, Maharashtra, India. The workshop was organized by the Divecha Center for Climate Change (DCCC) and the Monsoon Asia Integrated   Research   for Sustainability – Future Earth (MAIRS-FE) at DCCC, along with the Centre for Climate Change Research (CCCR) in IITM and the Earth System Science Organization (ESSO) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India. 

The workshop was inaugurated by Prof. V. K. Gaur, Honorary Emeritus Scientist, CSIR, Fourth Paradigm Institute, Bengaluru, India, in the presence of Prof. S.K. Satheesh, Chair, DCCC, Prof. Ravi Nanjundiah, Director, IITM, Pune, India, and Dr R. Krishnan, Executive Director, CCCR, IITM, Pune, India, on 8 Jan 2018. The workshop emphasized regional climate downscaling activities, facilitating cross-fertilization of scientific expertise, and engaging the community of Asian scientists for further capacity building pertaining to the High Mountains of Asia. This enabled them to develop appropriate inputs for further exploitation of the science-based climate information, with higher-level of confidence using model-based projections and knowledge of regional and local experts. There were 48 participants (8 foreign and 40 Indian) and 28 scientific experts, which included 5 international and 23 national faculties (including experts from IITM). The foreign participants were from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Spain. The foreign experts were from Nepal, Japan, South Africa, UK, and USA. More details are available on the workshop webpage: http://cccr.tropmet.res.in/home/ workshop/oct2018/index.jsp

Left to Right: Prof. Ravi Nanjundiah, Prof. Satheesh, Prof. V. K. Gaur, Honorary Emeritus Scientist CSIR and Dr R. Krishnan, Executive Director, CCCR, at the workshop.