Atlas for regional policy planning

The Indian think tank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) alongwith the Norwegian reserach institution NORCE has launched a Climate Atlas in the form of a web portal called 'TERI Climate Tool'. The Atlas is meant to assist policy planning at the regional level and help decision-makers to be climate ready.

Climate Atlas, the first of its kind, provides information on climate variables like temperature, precipitation, and various climate statistics including extreme climate indices for past and future periods over national, state-wise, district-wise and city-scale across India. Decision makers, practitioners, policy makers and researchers alike can draw out easy reference through this tool regarding climate-related sectoral planning for agriculture and water sector.

TERI has also launched a Flood Early Warning System for predicting urban floods for Jorhat city (FEWS-J) in Assam. The FEWS-J tool provides a warning about flash floods or heavy rainfall, with a lead time of 72 hours and can be replicated in any part of India.

Assam faced three waves of floods this year which impacted 30 districts. ICT enabled tools will be helpful in mitigating the risks and in expanding the scope of the regional disaster risk reduction. Delivering the keynote address, the Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Assam, Revenue and Disaster Management Department, said "Science-based tools such as TERI Climate Tool (TCT) and Flood Early Warning Systems (FEWS), backed by robust scientific knowledge, are necessary to mainstream climate information, early warning and risk reduction services into policy and decision-making”.

These tools have been developed as a part of the collaboration between TERI and Norwegian institutions in the field of energy, climate and sustainable development. The programme is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In her address, Ms Camilla Dannevig, Counsellor Cooperation, Norwegian Embassy in India, said, "Norway highly prioritizes the cooperation with India on environment and climate change. Norwegian scientists and companies have cutting-edge knowledge and experience in the areas of environmental management and technology. Cooperation with India offers considerable opportunities for Norwegian actors, who can assist India in addressing the climate challenge."