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Announcements / Faculty Job vacancy in IIT Madras 2018
« on: March 15, 2018, 11:36:07 AM »
FYI

https://facapp.iitm.ac.in/2018b/

https://facapp.iitm.ac.in/2018b/sites/default/files/IITM_Faculty-Recruitment_Areas_Summer_2018b.pdf


Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Chennai 600036

Advertisement No. IITM/R/2/2018 Dated March 14, 2018. for the posts of Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor

Last date for submission of application forms is April 13, 2018.

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Title: Implementing energy and environmental policies in China

Speaker: Prof. Yuan Xu, Department of Geography and Resource Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Date: Wednesday, 14 March

Time: 4 PM (tea/coffee at 3:45 PM)

Location: Divecha Centre Auditorium, 2nd Floor, CAOS Building, Indian Institute of Science

Abstract:

China is facing numerous energy and environmental problems with unprecedented scales and urgency. On the one hand, her weak rule of law often results in ineffective policy enforcement and prevalent non-compliance, which is one key reason for the unacceptable energy-related environmental crises. On the other hand, the country seems to be very capable of implementing other policies to rapidly improve energy efficiency, install pollution control facilities, and develop renewable energy. This presentation explores several theories to explain China’s failures and successes in implementing various energy and environmental policies (such as goals, standards, emission trading, and voluntary agreements) for multiple purposes (including pollution control, shale gas development, energy efficiency, renewables and black carbon mitigation). The understanding could help to make future implementation more effective and pertinent to different situations.

Bio:

Prof. Yuan Xu is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management and leads the Environmental Policy and Governance Programme in the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research centers on energy and environmental policies and strategies, especially on their implementation as well as related technological innovation and industrial development. Before joining CUHK in August 2010, Prof. Xu received a Ph.D. degree in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University and was a postdoctoral research associate in the Industrial Performance Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds an M.S. degree in climatology, a B.S. degree in atmospheric sciences and a bachelor's degree in economics, all from Peking University.


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Announcements / Title: Fixing China’s SO2 pollution
« on: March 12, 2018, 10:50:57 AM »
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Title: Fixing China’s SO2 pollution

Speaker: Prof. Yuan Xu, Department of Geography and Resource Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Date: Monday, 12 March

Time: 4 PM (tea/coffee at 3:45 PM)

Location: Divecha Centre Auditorium, 2nd Floor, CAOS Building, Indian Institute of Science

Abstract:

In China’s infamous air pollution, one particularly notorious and difficult pollutant is SO2. Coal is the primary contributor, while China accounts for nearly half of global consumption. This presentation aims to systematically analyze how China has been trying, losing and gaining grounds to solve this complicated governance and industrial problem in the past two decades. The motivation for its solution will be examined against the background of China’s lack of democracy. Major policies will be introduced and their implementation analyzed. Because China has not established sound rule of law and courts are rarely visible for environmental protection, this presentation will explain policy implementation through exploring the relationships between the central and local governments as well as between governments and polluters. Furthermore, the massive demand for SO2 removal facilities pose another big challenge to their supply. The establishment of the new environmental industry will be investigated.

Bio:

Prof. Yuan Xu is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management and leads the Environmental Policy and Governance Programme in the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research centers on energy and environmental policies and strategies, especially on their implementation as well as related technological innovation and industrial development. Before joining CUHK in August 2010, Prof. Xu received a Ph.D. degree in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University and was a postdoctoral research associate in the Industrial Performance Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds an M.S. degree in climatology, a B.S. degree in atmospheric sciences and a bachelor's degree in economics, all from Peking University.

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Dear All,

13th Jeremy Grantham Lecture on Climate Change

Title: "Thriving on our Changing Planet: New Space-borne Observations of the Water Cycle"

Speaker: Prof. Jeff Dozier, Distinguished Professor and Founding Dean, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Venue: Divecha Centre for Climate Change (DCCC) Auditorium

Date & Time: Thursday, 22 February 2018;  3:30 PM

Abstract:

The U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has just completed a decadal survey of Earth science and applications from space. We considered observations need to advance our understanding in five categories. This lecture will focus on Global Hydrological Cycles and Water Resources, where the most important questions address changes in the water and energy cycles caused by interacting changes in climate, land use, water use, and water storage. Needed new measurements include precipitation and its phase, accumulation and ablation of snow and ice, and variables that control evapotranspiration, water quality, and groundwater recharge.

Tea/Coffee: 3:15 PM

ALL ARE WELCOME
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S. K. Satheesh
Chairman, Divecha Centre for Climate Change
Professor, Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Indian Institute of Science
Bengaluru, India
Tel: 91-80-2293 3070; Fax: 91-80-2360 0865

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PhD Thesis Colloquium

Title : Influence of Western Ghat orography on temporal and spatial distribution of rainfall over southeast Asia

Student: P. V. Arushi

Date/Time: Friday, 23 February 2018, 4:00 PM

Venue: CAOS Seminar Hall

Abstract:
The Western Ghat (WG) orography is an important link between the Indian landmass and surrounding ocean, compelled us to study the orographic influence over ISM circulation. Decade long simulations of a general circulation model (GCM) were carried out with varying (from 0 to 2 times the present) heights of the WG to understand the influence of this orography in spatial distribution of rainfall over the country. In boreal summer, most of the Indian land and its surroundings experience rainrates exceeding 6 mm/day with considerable spatial variability. Over southern Bay of Bengal along the east coast of the Indian peninsula (referred to as the Bay of Bengal cold pool or BoB-CP), the rain intensity is significantly lower (<2 mm/day ) than its surroundings and exhibit contrasting annual cycle of rainfall. We find that the lee waves generated by the strong westerlies in the lower troposphere in the presence of the WG mountains causes descent over the BoB-CP. This descent disappears in the absence of WG, resulting in a rainfall maxima in the boreal summer similar to that over its surrounding oceans.

Observations show that acceleration of meridional wind around the southern tip of peninsula in response to vigorous rainfall over north BoB reduces surface moisture convergence over BoB-CP. For further analysis, couple of simulations with varying SST gradients across the BoB are done for the same time
period. Results show that reduced convection over head BoB reduced inhibition over BoB-CP. However, WG stands out to be the major driver in suppressing convection over BoB-CP. Change in height of WG has contrasting affect on the western and eastern sides of Indian peninsula by modifying the total rainfall
budget over the country. Mid-latitude westerly jet shows a shift, which in turn impacts the climate over the high latitude regions as well. Change in circulation and associated moisture convergence over the equatorial region strengthened MJO activity in the Indian ocean basin with increase in WG height. These results underline the importance of narrow mountains like the WG in the tropics in determining the monsoon climate and calls for appropriate representation of such mountains in climate models.


In the last part of this thesis, we demonstrate some observed changes in MJO related convective activity over equatorial Indian Ocean and Maritime Continent during the period 1998-2015 using multiple data sets. We show that variance of MJO has decreased significantly during this period over most region where its intensity is high climatologically. However, the most probable location of highest MJO variance has been shifted southward, even increasing variance over northern Australia. We attribute this to the changes in sea surface temperature over southern Indian Ocean. These results have significant importance to understanding and predicting decadal scale changes in MJO activity.


ALL ARE WELCOME




--
Dr Arindam Chakraborty

Associate Professor
Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
& Divecha Centre for Climate Change
Indian Institute of Science
Bengaluru - 560 012, INDIA

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Advertisement for the position of Junior Research Fellow (JRF) in a Indo-Canadian project on "Hydro-economic modeling framework for water quantity and quality assessment" - with University of Saskatchwen.
Self motivated students with good knowledge in hydrological modeling, stochastic hydrology, mathematical modeling are encouraged to apply. Please contact Dr Dhanya C.T (email ID: dhanyact@gmail.com) with their detailed CV and Skype ID, as early as possible. Selected candidate is expected to join by the end of this month or the beginning of February.




http://web.iitd.ac.in/~dhanya/
Dr Dhanya C.T.
Office: Block V, Room No.: 304
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi
Hauz Khas, New Delhi - 110016
Email: dhanya@civil.iitd.ac.in
Office Tel.: +91 11 2659 7328

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Dear Colleague

I would like to inform you about the forthcoming session "HS20: Hydrologic
Prediction in Data-scarce Situations" which is scheduled to be convened at
the 2018 Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) Annual Meeting, June
2018, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

This session aims to serve as a platform for discussions on subject areas
related to prediction in data-scarce situations including but not limited
to:

1. Regionalization methods and their use in prediction in data-scarce
situation.
2. Methods for prediction under changing climatic conditions.
3. Usefulness of dryness-index based models like the Budyko model.
4. Applications of satellite based data like radar rainfall data and GRACE
based TWSA data.

Since you have made significant contributions towards prediction in
data-scarce regions, we invite you to submit abstract to the session HS20.
Also please forward this message to your colleagues who may be interested
in this session.

For details give a look at the abstract of the session here:
https://www.meetmatt-svr3.net/aogs/aogs2018/mars2/confSessionView.asp?sID=132.
For more information about AOGS 2018 Conference, visit
http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2018/public.asp?page=home.htm. Please do
not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information. For
your information, the deadline for abstract submission is 19th January.

We look forward to seeing you at AOGS 2018.

Best regards
Basudev Biswal, Guangyao Gao, Dawen Yang, and Bellie Sivakumar

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Basudev Biswal
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai, India

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Announcements / Assistant Professor vacancy in NIT Kurukshetra 2017
« on: November 23, 2017, 11:16:24 AM »
FYI

The National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra invites applications from Indian Nationals,
possessing excellent academic record along with commitment to quality teaching and research, for the
posts of Assistant Professor in its various departments.

Application in the prescribed format   duly filled in all respects should reach the The Registrar, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra - 136119 (Haryana) on or before 27/12/2017


http://nitkkr.ac.in/docs/Advertisement%20No.%2021.2017,%20For%20Recruitment%20of%20Assistant%20Professors1234.pdf

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Announcements / Two Postdoc positions at ETH Zurich
« on: November 21, 2017, 11:47:26 AM »
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Two Postdocs/Senior Postdoc positions at ETH Zurich
 
Postdoc in Climate Modeling/Uncertainty quantification in climate projections
https://apply.refline.ch/845721/5802/pub/1/index.html
 
Postdoc in Climate Modeling/Attribution of changes in the water cycle using Big Data
https://apply.refline.ch/845721/5803/pub/1/index.html
 

Reto Knutti, ETH Zurich
http://www.iac.ethz.ch/people/knuttir

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Announcements / VATI (Value Added information in real TIme)
« on: November 20, 2017, 03:23:35 PM »
Dr Sat Kumar Tomer and his Research Group (Aapah Innovations) have introduced an Interesting application:
VATI [Visualization of the data in near real-time]...


http://www.aapahinnovations.com/vati/
http://www.aapahinnovations.com/


VATI (Value Added information in real TIme) is an application to visualize value-added information in real time. The value-added products/information is estimated by processing the data from multiple satellites.
Free edition includes:
(i) Visualization of the data in near real-time.
(ii) Chose any one geographical area.
(iii) Downloading of maps in png format.
You can access the VATI by clicking here. If you do not have the credentials for VATI, you can request by sending an email to vati@aapahinnovations.com.



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Interesting article...
https://researchmatters.in/article/floods-chennai-made-groundwater-unsafe-human-use-shows-study

“This would help authorities to take necessary steps to treat water and prevent water-borne diseases like cholera and typhoid, and vector-borne ailments such as dengue, malaria, and encephalitis, from occurring in the future”, adds Prof. Elango, describing the importance of the study. The collected samples were tested for salt and heavy metal concentration, pH, and microbial contents and their susceptibility to available antibiotics. “This information would help assess the effect of floods on the ground water quality of this region”, says Prof. Elango.

The scientists found that the groundwater quality post flood had deteriorated considerably. The heavy metal concentration and the microbial load were high compared to the pre-flood levels. They also found that some bacteria that they tested had developed antibiotic resistance. “The bacteria were sensitive to most antibiotics, but some were resistant to nalidixic acid, which was alarming as antibiotic resistance can rapidly spread in the environment”, remarks Prof. Elango about the findings.

The researchers plan to conduct these tests again to check on the quality of groundwater. “Since chlorination was done by the city authorities post floods, we are now planning to retest the groundwater in November this year to see what the present status is”, signs off Prof. Elango.

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Interesting article...

https://researchmatters.in/article/observe-surface-pressure-over-arabian-sea-predict-arrival-monsoon-suggests-new-study

Today, the Indian Meteorological Department declares the date of onset of monsoon over the state of Kerala. “Onset of monsoon over Kerala is predicted using a statistical model which takes into account several factors like surface temperature and pressure over certain regions of the world. The IMD's model shows a good prediction skill of onset over Kerala, with an error of about 4-days”, says Prof. Arindam Chakraborty of IISc and a co-author of the study. But what about the rest of India? Turns out, monsoon may not arrive in Central India for a fixed number of days after it arrives in Kerala!

This is the first time a study provides a mechanism that explains the year to year variation of the arrival of monsoon over central India. “The west Asian surface pressure can be tracked as early as March and results in this study could be used to develop real time prediction systems for the onset of monsoon over central India. This can be instrumental in planning for the water and agricultural resources”, signs off Dr. Chakraborty, talking about the importance of his research.

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Dear All,


Jeremy Grantham Lecture on Climate Change

Title: "Understanding of Weather and Climate from Global-to-Regional Scales"

Speaker: Prof. V. Ramaswamy, Director, NOAA/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, and Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Program,
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Venue: Divecha Centre for Climate Change (DCCC) Auditorium

Date & Time: Tuesday, 07 November 2017;  3:30 PM

Tea/Cofee: 3:15 PM

ALL ARE WELCOME

Abstract:

The forecasting of extreme weather events is important for protecting life and quality of living. The prediction of climate variations on many time scales is equally important for planning adaptation and mitigation.What is our
capability to understand and predict phenomena over the entire weather-to-climate range - hourly-to-seasonal-to-annual-to-decadal-to-centennial? What are the prospects for understanding weather events superposed on the changing
climate under the influence of both natural and human-influenced factors, and being able to predict on spatial scales from global to regional? Can we develop a unified computational modeling system for seamless predictions and
projections?


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--
S. K. Satheesh
Chairman, Divecha Centre for Climate Change
Professor, Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Indian Institute of Science
Bengaluru, India
Tel: 91-80-2293 3070; Fax: 91-80-2360 0865

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Dear All,


Divecha Centre for Climate Change (DCCC) Seminar

Title: "Aerosols and the Climate Change Conundrum: How is the Puzzle Evolving? "

Speaker: Prof. V. Ramaswamy, Director, NOAA/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, and Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Program,
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Venue: Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences (CAOS) Seminar Hall

Date & Time: Monday, 06 November 2017;  3:30 PM

Tea/Cofee: 3:15 PM

ALL ARE WELCOME

Abstract:

Aerosols pose a central uncertainty in the understanding of climate change, both in the 20th and 21st Century contexts. There continue to be gaps in the knowledge on aerosols from the radiative forcing viewpoint, while vast areas of
inadequacy in our efforts to reduce the uncertainties in aerosol-cloud interactions, especially regionally, affect our knowledge on climate response to radiative, particularly anthropogenic, forcings. We will focus on how the recent
knowledge has expanded, reducing gaps in some areas of the field, but introducing new ones and raising challenging science questions concerning the eclectic mix represented by the different kinds of aerosols. Recent considerations
take the issue beyond the effects of the aerosols on solely temperature changes to other important climate variables from the global to regional scales.


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--
S. K. Satheesh
Chairman, Divecha Centre for Climate Change
Professor, Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Indian Institute of Science
Bengaluru, India
Tel: 91-80-2293 3070; Fax: 91-80-2360 0865

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http://www.envfor.nic.in/sites/default/files/ADVT%20NO.%2001022017.pdf


Applications are invited from Indian citizens for filling up of Eighteen (18) posts of Scientists on
Direct Recruitment basis in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Proper)
Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) and National River Conservation Directorate (NRCD)

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