This week, CICS-NC is partnering with the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) and the Centre for Climate Change Research, both under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, and with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) to convene a workshop on applications of downscaled climate projections. The event, which is taking place March 7–9 at IITM in Pune, India, is part of the ongoing U.S.-India Partnership for Climate Resilience, one of the initiatives of the U.S.–India Joint Working Group on Combating Climate Change.

Jenny Dissen and Ken Kunkel of CICS-NC and David Easterling of NOAA NCEI are leading the U.S. delegation, which also includes Dr. Anne Stone and Dr. Ranjini Swaminathan of Texas Tech University, Lauretta Burke from the World Resources Institute (WRI), and John Balbus from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). IITM downscaling experts attending include Dr. Kulkarni, Dr. Krishnan, Dr. R. Sanjay, and many others. 

The workshop discussion involves more than 60 participants, including representatives from Indian universities; State Action Plan Development groups from various Indian states; private sector companies, including Acclimatise and Skymet—India’s largest meteorological company; and several non-governmental organizations working on adaptation and resilience.

This workshop includes sessions on:

  • the theory and methods of climate model downscaling
  • explorations of specific downscaled data sets—including the World Climate Research Program’s CORDEX data on South Asia and the NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) dataset
  • experience in downscaled projections for hydrologic applications
  • hands-on activities using downscaled data
  • applications for various sectors
  • developing state action plans

Through partnerships with Indian NGOs, the WRI Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness, The Energy and Resources Institute, and NIH, the event will also examine case studies on the use of downscaled climate data for decision making in a range of sectors, including human health, agriculture, and water resources management.

More information about this event are available at:

Photos on this page were taken during the first day of the event. More photos are available at:

The Times of India has also published a story on the conference.

Photo of workshop participants, including Jenny Dissen, Ken Kunkel, and David Easterling. Taken in Pune, India on March 7, 2017

From middle to right: Jenny Dissen, Ken Kunkel, and David Easterling. Pune, India, March 7, 2017