Workshop on Tools for Developing Water Availability and Demand Scenarios

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ICIMOD organized a workshop on model transfer and training on downscaling was held 4–6 March at ICIMOD Headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal. Fourteen participants attended the meeting, including a resource person from Future Water-Netherlands and representatives of regional partners, including the International Water Management Institute (IWMI)-Pakistan, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, and Institute of Water Modelling (IWM)-Bangladesh. This training was the part of Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP). As a part of programme’s components on climate scenarios and water availability and demand, ICIMOD and its partners are working on downscaling and customizing climate scenarios to the region and developing water availability and demand scenarios in the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra basin. 

The workshop aimed to review the progress made in climate downscaling and hydrological modelling for Ganges, Brahmaputra and Indus Basin and to transfer hydrological models for the upstream areas of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Indus Basin and to discuss key findings and lesson learnt from the model run. The workshop also shared downscaled GCM data and provided training on its use in hydrological models. During the workshop, hydrological models were set up at ICIMOD and all driving data for the models were ingested to ensure the model can function independently. Partners’ progress was evaluated and climate scenarios were shared with regional partners.