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.
  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. The various research projects undertaken by IIT Mandi address this vulnerability, hazard and extreme events in the Indian Himalayan Region. 
Indian Himalayan Region (IHR)
  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. The IHR physiographically, starting from the foothills in the south (Siwaliks), extends up to Tibetan plateau in the north (Trans-Himalaya)
  4. 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.