To develop and engage in a dialogue with stakeholders with interests in the South Asia region and identify their requirements for the research relevant and ensure that project outputs address these needs.
To assess the impacts of climate change in this region implied by the current state-of-the-art regional climate projections.
To test and improve climate and impacts modelling against data in South Asia.
To improve understanding of socio-economic aspects of climate change in the region and socio-economic vulnerability, including existing and novel climate impact coping mechanisms.
To provide improved assessment of the impacts of climate change in the region using new climate and impacts models.
Sarah's role in HELIX is to investigate the response of the Himalayan glaciers to climate change and the implications this will have for water resources in South Asia. To do this, she is implementing a glacier flow model into the JULES land surface scheme. The model will be used to access the impact of glacier change on river flows, irrigation and agriculture in the Himalayas and the Indo-Gangetic plain.
Camilla is based at the Met Office working on a PhD with the University of Leeds on future food and water security in South Asia under climate change. Camilla's main role within helix is to consider water resources for the South Asia region using the integrated impacts land surface model; the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) and existing HighNoon RCM simulations. The additional processes included in the JULES model will provide a more complete picture of water resources of South Asia than previously possible, allowing quantitative analysis of the effects of changes in river flow and glaciers on water resources and the implications of these changes on water availability for irrigation and therefore crop yields.