Vision of the Centre
In view of the hydrological problems in the western Himalayan region, it is envisaged to carry out the future studies in the areas of a) Assessment of impact of climate change on hydrological variables, b) Analysis and design of hydrological network, c) Long-term hydrological data generation in selected climatic regimes, d) Lake hydrology studies, e) Monitoring and modelling of hydrological characteristics of glaciers and change estimation of selected glaciers in distinct climatological regimes of western Himalayas, f) Snow cover monitoring and snowmelt modeling studies, g) Water quality studies, h) Prioritization of catchments for sedimentation treatment using GIS, i) Water resources management aspects in Kandi belt, j) Analysis of extreme hydrological events, and k) Technology transfer and mass awareness.
The R&D studies undergoing at the Centre include cryospheric system studies and runoff modeling of Ganglass catchment, Leh, Ladakh Range, Glaciological studies of Phuche glacier, Ladakh Range, and Trend Analysis of Hydrological Variables in Western Himalayan Region – Phase I (Jammu & Kashmir). Considerable efforts are being made to study the hydrological characteristics of glaciers in the Ladakh region. Impact of climate change on the Himalayan glaciers is also being analyzed through glacier change studies. Further, studies are also in progress to estimate the trend of hydrological variables (say, rainfall, runoff etc.) in different parts of the region.
Interaction with other organizations
Active interactions with the Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Jammu; Directorate of Environment and Remote Sensing, Jammu/Srinagar; different Departments of the Jammu University, Jammu; Geology Department of the Kashmir University, Srinagar; Ladakh Hill Council, Leh, Ladakh; and Agriculture Department, Hamirpur, H.P.