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Announcements / IISc Rain
« on: October 17, 2017, 02:39:45 PM »

Dear All,

A lot has been written about 2017 Bengaluru record rainfall. Time series of daily cumulative rainfall measured in the IISc campus since 2003 is attached. In this dataset, 2005 has the highest annual rain and 2017 is heading towards that.

Prof. G.S. Bhat

Announcements / Register to "Idea Conclave for better Bengaluru"
« on: October 08, 2017, 08:09:55 PM »

Register to "Idea Conclave for better Bengaluru"
Dear Students,


On the occassion of Sis.Nivedita's 150th birth anniversary celebration and
her contribution to Science and Technological development of India,
Students' Council IISc and Students' for Development (SFD) is jointly
organising the event - "Idea Conclave for better Bengaluru" at Satish
Dhawan Auditorium (SDA) on 13th & 14th of October, 2017.

*Challenges and potentials for sustainable development.
*Swachh Bharath
*Management of urban floods
*Climate change and its mitigation
*Conservation of lakes
*Environmental education and public health
*Ways to reduce carbon- foot print
*Policy reforms and governance for sustainable development

Ideas /models/ concepts enlightening the solutions for issues are

The stakeholders can present their plans in the following categories-
*Paper presentation
*Poster presentation
*Street play
*Short movies

Information link:

Those who are interested to participate in "Idea conclave" event, please
register and submit your ideas by 8 October 2017.

Registration form:



The last date for submission of application through Online mode is on or before
27th October, 2017 (Friday)
by 5.30 pm and the hard copy of the same should reach the Institute on or before
3rd November, 2017 (Friday) by 5.30 pm. Bright candidates from reputed Institutions and having strong
commitment for teaching and research are encouraged to apply. In view of the recent modification in the
Recruitment Rules made by MHRD, the selection process carried out against the earlier recruitment
notification of the Institute vide No. Admn. 01/2015, stands cancelled. Accordingly, those who have applied
against the said notification need to apply afresh. For detailed information, please visit the website of the Institute,

NIT Warangal:


Announcements / Recruitment for Faculty vacancy in MNNIT
« on: September 24, 2017, 11:31:23 PM »

Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT), Allahabad is an Institute of national importance fully funded by the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India with total commitment to quality and excellence in academic pursuits. MNNIT invites applications  for the following vacancy positions of Faculty as Assistant Professor in various departments of the MNNIT  :

Faculty  Vacancies :

Assistant Professor : 94 posts (UR-40, OBC-28, SC-14, ST-12) (PWD-05), Pay Scale :  Rs. 15600 - 39100 AGP Rs. 6000/7000/8000
Departments :

Department of  Applied Mechanics, Biotechnology,  Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Department of Computer Sciences & Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mathematics, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,  Department of Physics, School of Management Studies,  GIS (Geographic Information System) Cell

How to Apply?

Apply Online at MNNIT Allahabd website on or before 07/11/2017 only. Hard copy of duly filled online application form along with self-attested all supporting documents, and application fee details must reach  must reach the following address latest by 24/11/2017 to   The Registrar, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad, Allahabad - 211004 (UP)

Details and Application Format :

Please visit for details and online application format.


2nd International Conference on Climate Change

“Climate change and global sustainability: Action for bridging the [UTF-8?]gap”
15th-16th February 2018 | Colombo, Sri Lanka
Hosting Partner:
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Supporting Ministry:
Climate Change Secretariat: The Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment Sri Lanka
Academic partner:
Colorado State University, USA.

Conference Tracks:
Climate Change and Migration
Climate change and food security
Observations for Long-Term Climate Monitoring
Role of Renewable Energy Sources in a Warming World
Climate Change and Energy: Policies, Planning & Management
Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Urbanization and flood risk implications in coastal and other areas
Dealing with climate change: poverty and gender issues
View More Tracks
Abstract submission deadline: 23rd November 2017

Send your Abstracts to:
Early bird Registration Deadline: 21st December 2017
Submit Your Abstract
Register At
Conference Chair:
Dr. Erandathie (Erandi) Lokupitiya
Senior Lecturer, Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Keith Paustian
Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, USA.
Dr. Kevin Schaefer
National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado, USA.
Supporting Journal:
International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management - ISSN: 1756-8692, Editor: Professor Walter Leal Filho.
Regional Environmental Change - ISSN: 1436-3798, ISSN (Online) :1436-378X, Impact Factor: 2.919 (2016) - Journal Citation Reports.
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This great knowledge sharing platform is also open for the Non-Presenting Attendees! Join the interactive Audience at

Announcements / Faculty Vacancy in MNIT Jaipur 2017
« on: September 13, 2017, 07:03:12 AM »

Faculty Vacancy in MNIT Jaipur 2017
Posted: 07 Sep 2017 02:18 AM PDT
Faculty  Teaching vacancy in MNIT Jaipur   Malaviya National Institute of Technology (M NIT), Jaipur (MNIT, Jaipur) invites online applications from Indian Nationals

Last date of online Application is 29.09.2017 at 5:00 pm. Institute can extend the last date
therefore, candidates are advised to visit the institute website regularly

Announcements / 1-2 PhD positions and 1 Post-Doc position
« on: September 13, 2017, 06:56:57 AM »

I am looking for highly motivated students/scholars with good research aptitude, to work in the field of hydrological modeling focussing extremes. 1-2 PhD positions and 1 Post-Doc position are available.

Kindly circulate this among interested candidates. Those interested may write to;, along with their CV. Thanks.

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
Office Tel.: +91 11 2659 7328

Announcements / Talk on the 25th at 3.30 pm by Freddy Bouchet.
« on: September 12, 2017, 10:53:44 PM »

Dear all,

Prof. Freddy Bouchet will be with us on the 25th of Sept (Monday). He will present a seminar at 3.30 pm in CAOS. Details below...

Title: Extreme heat waves sampled through large deviation algorithms.

Speaker: Freddy Bouchet, (joint work with Francesco Ragone and Jeroen Wouters)


For some aspects of climate dynamics, rare dynamical events may play a key role, for instance when they have a huge impact. We will study the paradigmatic example of extreme heat waves. In the recent past, new theoretical and numerical tools have been developed in the statistical mechanics community, in order to specifically study such rare events. Some of those approaches are based on large deviation theory for complex dynamical systems.

We will study the probability of extreme heat waves in a comprehensive GCM. At a fixed numerical cost, several hundreds more heat waves are observed than in a control run. The thousands of sampled extreme heat waves open the door to their dynamical studies, precursor, and fluctuation paths, in a way that can not be foreseen using conventional tools based on direct numerical simulations. Moreover extreme events that can not be observed in a GCM at a reasonable cost can now be studied. This new tool open new perspectives for the study of climate extremes. As an example we discuss teleconnection patterns for extremes.

The relation with statistical mechanics tools in general, and especially large deviation theory, will be emphasized.


Postdoctoral fellowship at UIUC: Data Assimilation for crop modeling using multisources of satellite remote sensing data

One Postdoctoral Researcher Position in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES) and National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), full-time, 100% (2-year duration, with possibility of extension, contingent upon performance and funding)

Summary: The successful candidate will contribute to assimilating one or multiple satellite observations across the spectral bands (e.g. Visible, NIR, Solar-induced fluorescence, and Thermal infrared) into crop models to investigate crop productivity, water uses and nutrient cycles (e.g. nitrogen) in agroecosystems of the US Corn Belt.

Specific responsibilities include: developing and implementing data assimilation algorithms to integrate multi-source remote sensing observations into numerical models (e.g. land surface model); developing/building new modules for the land surface model or crop model; conducting regional simulations and seasonal predictions; preparing peer-reviewed publications and education materials; and communicating research at professional meetings.

The successful applicant will be working with Dr. Kaiyu Guan (, and a team with strong expertise in satellite remote sensing, ecohydrology, Earth system modeling, and high-performance computing. The applicant will be routinely working on Blue Waters supercomputing system (, the most powerful supercomputer in the U.S. universities.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in earth and atmospheric science, meteorology, hydrology, environmental engineering, physics, mathematics, or a closely related field. Research background in Earth system modeling (e.g. CLM), data assimilation, thermal remote sensing or boundary layer meteorology is highly preferred. Strong programing skills (e.g., Python, Fortran, C or Matlab in Linux environment) and prior experience in supercomputing or big data analytical systems is required, as the applicant will be working routinely in the Blue Waters supercomputer environment. Candidates will be considered if graduation with a Ph.D. is expected by the targeted starting date. Proficiency in spoken/written English is mandatory. The appointment is two years (renewed annually) and may be extended, contingent upon the performance. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience in relevant research.

Starting Date: Ideal starting time is Jan 1, 2018, but negotiable. The position is open till filled.

Application Process: To ensure full consideration, qualified candidates must send a cover letter, CV, and contact information of three references via e-mail to Dr. Kaiyu Guan ( All requested information must be submitted in order for your application to be considered. Incomplete application will not be reviewed. Applicants will be immediately reviewed upon receiving the application while the search may continue until the position is filled. For further information, please contact: Dr. Kaiyu Guan (, or visit for more information.

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The administration, faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. Visit
Bin Peng, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental  Sciences (NRES)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Announcements / Urgently need: structure and water faculty, Civil Engg.
« on: September 12, 2017, 10:37:55 PM »

Amrita University Coimbatore is in requirement of faculty members with PhD in structures and water resources.
As per Times ranking Amrita is No.1 university in international outlook in India.
Overall,  Amrita is No.1 private university in India as per Times and NIRF ranking.

Interested may contact Dr. Sreevalsa:
Or Amrita HR directly


2018 SWAT international Conference to be held at IIT Madras
is now accepting

Abstract Submission Deadline   October 15
Notification of Acceptance          October 30
Early Registration Deadline         November 15
SWAT Workshops                          January 8-9
SWAT Conference                          January 10-12

Conference topics

Large Scale Applications
Climate Change Applications
Sensitivity Calibration and Uncertainty
Biofuel & Plant Growth
Environmental Applications
Sediment, Nutrients, and Carbon
Pesticides, Bacteria, Metals, and Pharmaceuticals
Model Development
Database and GIS Application and Development
Urban Processes and Management
Landscape Processes and Landscape / River Continuum
InStream Sediment and Pollutant Transport
SWAT Development and Application in India
River Basin Management in India
Hydrological Modeling & Remote Sensing Applications
Irrigation Water Management with SWAT


News in Nature

Climate is now a data problem.
”Are we heading even more towards "black boxes"?

How machine learning could help to improve climate forecasts


See comment on PNAS paper by Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Spurious linkages between extreme temperatures and farmer suicides

A recent paper, published by the PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of
Sciences of the United States) and authored by Tamma A. Carleton, titled “Climate
Change and Agricultural Suicides in India” claims that “temperature during India’s
main agricultural growing season has a strong positive effect on annual suicide rates.”


NASA: July 2017 Didn't Even Need an El Niño to Tie For Hottest July in Recorded History

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