International webinar on climate change impact on water resources management


Andhra University College of Engineering (A), Visakhapatnam, Department of Civil Engineering in collaboration with Science City of Andhra Pradesh will be organizing a International Webinar on Climate Change Impact on Water Resources Management and Environment from 15-07-2020 to 19-07-2020.

Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Taken as a whole, the range of published evidence indicates that the net damage costs of climate change are likely to be significant and to increase over time. According to the report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the extent of climate change effects on individual regions will vary over time and with the ability of different societal and environmental systems to mitigate or adapt to change. Projections of future climate suggest that the redact trend towards increased heavy precipitation events will continue. The trend is projected to occur even in some regions where total precipitation is expected to decrease. The climate change may cause more droughts and heat waves causing reduction of soil moisture affecting agriculture.

With growing pressures due to climate change, migration and population growth, the demand for water are steadily rising and creative and imaginative governance is essential to manage this precious resource.

India has about 20 river basins. Due to increasing demand for domestic, industrial and agriculture use, most river basins are water stressed. This is further accentuated by the fact that water demand* is unevenly distributed across the country. Increasing demand from a growing population, coupled with economic activity, adds pressure on the already stressed water resources. With the cotmtry already experiencing water stress, there is a need to augment both water supply in water-rich regions lacking infrastructure and manage water demand in water-scarce regions.

In addition to adapting to those climate impacts that are now unavoidable, we must also work to avoid severe climate impacts on water resources and its management by building resilient water systems. An abrupt change in the monsoon could lead to a major crisis, triggering more frequent droughts as well as greater flooding in large parts of India. Central part of India like parts of Karnataka, Maharashtra. MP. Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand are extremely vulnerable to climate change as they are not well irrigated.

The webinar discusses many aspects of the effect of climate change on water resources of India, its river basins, monsoon, urban floods, groundwater resources, snow/glaciers land use change and hydropower development. It also emphasises on the mitigatory aspects of climate change such as participatory approaches for more robust water resource management, smart agriculture work, efficient irrigation management practices and water policies.

Expert speakers are from premier institutions of India such as BSc, IIT, NIT, CWC, NIH and also from other countries including Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Kuwait and USA. Prof P.V.G.D. Prasad Reddy. Hoible Vice-Chancellor, Andhra University, Prof. Peel Srinivasa Rao, Principal, Andhra University College of Engineering (A), Prof. T.V. Praveen, Head of the Department, Department of Civil Engineering and Dr. M.G. Muni Reddy, Convener of the Webinar have participated in the launching of the Webinar Brochure. This Webinar is also collaborated by Science City of Andhra Pradesh and Dr. K. Jayaramireddy. CEO. Science City of AP is the co-convener for the webinar.

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