Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs)-Guwahati and Mandi and Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru have collaborated to develop a ‘Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Indian Himalayan Region Using a Common Framework. The assessment exercise is being undertaken to cover all the 12 Indian Himalayan region (IHR) states using a common framework.
- Comparable vulnerability assessments are useful for the government officials, implementers, decision makers, funding agencies and development experts, according to a release shared by IIT Mandi.
- The 12 states include Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, the hilly districts of West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir.
- The various research projects undertaken by IIT Mandi address this vulnerability, hazard and extreme events in the Indian Himalayan Region.
Indian Himalayan Region (IHR)
- The Himalayan states include 10 hill states- Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya, and two partial hill states, namely Assam and West Bengal.
- The Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) with geographical coverage of over 5.3 lakh kilometre square, extends over 2,500 kilometres in length between the Indus and the Brahmaputra river systems.
- The IHR physiographically, starting from the foothills in the south (Siwaliks), extends up to Tibetan plateau in the north (Trans-Himalaya).
- Three major geographical entities, the Himadri (Greater Himalaya), Himanchal (Lesser Himalaya) and the Siwaliks (Outer Himalaya), extending almost uninterrupted throughout its length, are separated by major geological fault lines.