First ever climate assessment for India region projects intense heat and extreme rainfall

First ever climate assessment for India region projects intense heat and extreme rainfall

By Will Bugler

The first ever regional climate assessment for the India region, to be published later this month, suggests that India must prepare for a hooter climate, characterised by extreme heat and floods. The scientific study projects that  by the end of the century, the average temperature in India will rise by around 4.5˚C, heat waves will 3-4 times more frequent, sea levels will rise by 30 cm and the intensity of tropical cyclones will increase substantially.

The study will be an open access release on July 1st. It looks in detail at the impact of climate change on the regional monsoon, the Indian Ocean and the Himalayas. It also examines the regional climate change projections based on the climate models used by the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) and national climate change modelling studies.

The study provides a more detailed assessment of the regional impacts of climate change compared with the global IPCC Assessment reports which are typically published every 6-7 years. The study will provide a detailed analysis of future climate effects over the Indian subcontinent, especially relating to the Indian monsoon and other locally significant climatic phenomena.

Click here to read the report.


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