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Open Science Seminar “Future of Water Resources in India under a Changing Climate” 13 and 14 of May 2009, New Delhi, India By Eddy Moors and Richard Harding On 13 and 14 May 2009 the Open Science Seminar “Future of Water Resources in India under a Changing Climate” took place at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. This seminar aimed to discuss the state-of-the-art knowledge on glacier retreat and changing monsoon patterns affecting the water resources of the Ganga river basin. At the same time the seminar was the kick-off of the EU funded HighNoon project ( as well as the starting point for the collaboration in India of the Watch project (, which is also EU funded. The HighNoon project will assess the impact of Himalayan glaciers retreat and explore possible changes of the Indian summer monsoon on the spatial and temporal distribution of water resources in Northern India. WATCH provides the first platform to combine global water cycle and resource modeling frameworks for both global and regional scales. Both projects aim to provide a greater understanding of water resources in the region as well as outlining strategies for strengthening the incentive for adaptation to hydrological extreme events.

Ms Danièle Smadja (European Commission’s Ambassador to India) during her opening speech. Left to right, Mr Ashok Jaitly (Director Water Resources Devision, TERI), Mr Tasos Kentarchos (European Commission, Climate Change and Environmental Risks Unit), Mr Stefan Agne (European Commission, DG-ENV) and Mr Eddy Moors (Alterra Wageningen UR, The Netherlands, Coordinator HighNoon). Water resources and hydrological extremes (namely floods and droughts) are important issues affecting India and its economic development, security and social well being. Improvements in understanding the climate-water cycle will benefit adaptive planning of infrastructure, and efforts to mitigate climate change in India, Asia and globally. Increasing CO2...
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