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Saurav Pradhananga

Water and Climate Analyst, Water and Air

My role at ICIMOD

I support the development and assessment of hydrological models of river basins and sub-basins under different climate change scenarios, conduct climate change assessment of historical climate data and carry out downscaling of climate change scenarios. I also support capacity-building training and workshops on hydrological modelling and climate change and support studies on soil erosion and sedimentation by providing input through literature review, documentation and analysis of relevant issues, and field visits.

Saurav Pradhananga

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How do you protect the pulse of the planet?

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Even though the HKH is the pulse of the planet, so much more science to understand it still needs to be undertaken. The work that I do protects the pulse by helping HKH mountain communities that are under serious threats from climate change through pushing the frontier of evidence based scientific research.

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

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The diversity and pool of knowledge that I get to work within each day keeps me excited to work here at ICIMOD.

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What are you passionate about?

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There are many things that I am passionate about but if I have to pick one, I would say problem solving. If my passion helps even one person, I consider it a success.

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My qualifications

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I completed a post graduate degree in water resources engineering, during which I assessed climate change impacts on hydropower production in the Tamakoshi River basin using a SWAT model. I further applied this knowledge in the Ganges Basin (SPHY) and the Koshi Basin (J2000) while here at ICIMOD. I was involved in the technical analysis and write-up of Climate Change Scenarios Report for the National Adaptation Plan Process of Nepal, which involved writing scripts for GCM downscaling, climate data analysis and extreme indices calculation. I helped to develop a J2000 hydrological model for the Panjshir catchment of the Kabul sub river basin for water availability assessment and provided training to our partners in Afghanistan.