Extreme climate knowledge

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River running down from the glacier Briksdalbreen in Nordfjord, Norway. Photo: Bjarte Haugen/Destination Briksdal.

Climate scientists from Uni Research, Norway, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and other distinguished labs from USA, UK, Brazil and India are this week imparting training on climate modelling and understanding extreme events like recent floods in India and other parts of the world.

Ambassador Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg, in his special address during the inauguration of this weeklong Climate Research School, stressed that Norway considers climate change the most serious environmental challenge that the world is facing today. He mentioned that Norway approaches the climate change challenges in many ways. While the Norwegian research institutes carry out cutting-edge research in the field of climate and environment, the Norwegian government actively participates in multi-lateral climate and sustainable development conventions and adopts progressive policies and programmes for addressing climate change.

Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, Director General of TERI and Vice Chancellor of TERI University also highlighted the need for strengthening the climate modelling capability of Indian scientists. 

The Climate Research School started during the first phase of the cooperation between TERI and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)/Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi during 2008 - 2014. The idea of these Research Schools is to share the research with a broader climate modelling community. Three Research Schools have been organized during the first phase, and have provided exposure to over 80 students, researchers and government representatives on numerical modelling, regional climate modelling, climate data analysis and scientific writing skills. 

After realizing the importance of climate modelling at a local level, TERI proposed to set up a climate modelling facility at TERI. The Uni Research and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norway provided technical support and the MFA provided financial support for this facility. The MFA is further supporting TERI for a period of 2016-2019 and climate modelling is an important aspect of this, as building climate modelling capacity is crucial in understanding the climate impacts and how to adopt appropriate responses. 

Other labs that have provided scientists for the Climate Research School are:
Columbia University/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (USA), National Institute for Space Research (Brazil), University of Reading (UK), Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, India Meteorology Department, National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecast and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Read Ambassador Kamsvåg's full speech here.