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Santosh Nepal

Water and Climate Specialist, Water and Air

My role at ICIMOD

I work as a Water and Climate Specialist and lead the Climate and Hydrology Group within our Water and Air Theme. My role is to design and implement climate change and hydrological assessment for different projects of ICIMOD. These include climate change projections, impact on hydrological regime, hydrological assessment, flood modelling and predictions, a better understanding of upstream-downstream linkages and integrated water resources management across different river basin scales. I supervise a group of young professionals who provide crucial information about climate change in the HKH region and how it will impact the water resources of major river basins.

To gather this crucial information, our group uses state-of-the-art tools and technology for climate change projections, downscaling, hydrological modelling and environmental simulations. We help to quantify the environmental changes so that other groups and experts at ICIMOD can design adaptive solutions to the problem. We truly believe that ‘we cannot manage something if we cannot measure it’.

Santosh Nepal

Q:

How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

A:

Climate change is affecting every corner of the HKH region from the mountains to the plains and including the vastness of our biodiversity and the diversity of our livelihoods. In this context, mitigation and adaptation are essentially important to protect the pulse and my role is to quantify these changes, especially projecing how climatic changes across the HKH may happen in the future. As a hydrological modeller, I contribute to better understanding of hydrological system dynamics, of climate change impacts on the hydrological regime and how future hydrology will evolve at various scales of the HKH river basins. This information is crucial to design adaptation strategies for people, industries and all water-dependent sectors.

Q:

What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?

A:

I enjoy working with the multidisciplinary teams in ICIMOD and among our partners, where one can learn from other disciplines. Coming from a mountain hydrology background, I feel proud to see my work contributing to the life of mountain people. This is only possible working with diverse groups of socio-economists, agriculturists and environmentalists. ICIMOD provides that opportunity to see the connections between complex scientific knowledge and local realities.

Q:

What are you passionate about?

A:

I enjoy reading and watching things related to cosmology (universe or multiverse). Within this vast space, a tiny blue dot is our home which is the only known living planet and I wonder why and how we are here!!

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My qualifications

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My main areas of expertise include hydrological modelling and system dynamics, climate change and its impact, upstream-downstream linkages, impact analysis, integrated water resource management and integrated river basin management. I have a PhD degree from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany on mountain hydrology and two Master’s degrees in Environmental Management and Anthropology from Nepal.
Throughout my career, I have sought to understand the upstream-downstream linkages of land and water management in the Himalayan region. I had a previous period of work with ICIMOD when I focused on integrated water resources management, disaster risk reduction, and wetland related issues. I also have prior work experience as an environmental officer in the Butwal Power Company Ltd on environmental impact assessments for hydropower projects, with Nepali NGOs on river conservation, agriculture, environmental management and consultancy work for the World Bank on environmental impact assessment of livelihood related projects.

4 Jun 2017 | Water
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