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Prof P P Mujumdar's group published a new article in Nature Scientific Reports. The article examines concurrent meteorological droughts and heatwaves.

Abstract: The impacts of concurrent droughts and heatwaves could be more serious compared to their individual occurrence. Meteorological drought condition is generally characterized by low rainfall, but impact of such an event is amplified with simultaneous occurrence of heatwaves. Positive feedback between these two extremes can worsen the rainfall deficit situation to serious soil moisture depletion due to enhanced evapotranspiration. In this study, the concurrence of meteorological droughts and heatwaves is investigated in India using Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) high resolution gridded data over a period of 60 years. Significant changes are observed in concurrent meteorological droughts and heatwaves defined at different percentile based thresholds and durations during the period 1981–2010 relative to the base period 1951–1980. There is substantial increase in the frequency of concurrent meteorological droughts and heatwaves across whole India. Statistically significant trends in the spatial extent of droughts are observed in Central Northeast India and West Central India; however, the spatial extent affected by concurrent droughts and heatwaves is increasing across whole India. Significant shifts are identified in the distribution of spatial extent of concurrent drought and heatwaves in India compared to the base period.

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Job Location: Noida
Modeler – Hydrology or Water Resources, RMS  - NOIDA


RMS is the world's leading provider of analytics and decision science solutions for the quantification and management of catastrophe risks.  The models and consulting services of RMS are used by hundreds of insurance and reinsurance companies, hedge funds, corporations, and governments to assess a wide-range of natural and man-made perils such as - earthquake, flood, windstorm, terrorism, and disease pandemic.  RMS continues to grow and diversify to service and meet the requirement of its clients through research and technology innovation and superior client service.  The company's strength lies in its ability to use and develop the skills of its people across a wide remit of business activities.


The Model Development Department at RMS is responsible for the development of models to assess the risk from natural and man-made catastrophes. A group in Noida works in close collaboration with colleagues in Europe and US, to help quantifying catastrophe risk across all of RMS's products and services.

Objective of the role

Looking for a skilled scientist/technical specialist as catastrophe risk modeler, or a similar role to be a part of model development team that develops probabilistic flood models. He/ she should have an in-depth understanding of hydrodynamics, hydrology, hydraulics, and a good understanding of the integration of data and models. He/ she should have good problem-solving and communication abilities and adapt to work in a quick-paced and project oriented environment.

Key Accountabilities

·         Responsible for understanding, analyzing & developing hydrological models for development of flood hazard model, loss model, calibration and validation
·         Communication and interaction with colleagues in global offices
·         Responsible for research driven process enhancement initiatives in flood modeling
Experience Required

·         Sound knowledge of hydrological and hydraulic processes and modelling
·         Command in one or more of the programming languages: Python, R, FORTRAN, MATLAB
·         Knowledge of C#, C++, JavaScript would be valued
·         Linux/Shell scripting for data management
·         Experience working with large datasets
·         Basic knowledge and interest in catastrophe risk insurance industry
·         D. or Post Graduate in Water Resource Engineering/Hydraulics Engineering/Hydrology with 3 to 5 years or research or industry project experience from a reputed institute

Hi Agilan, please provide some details about the paper when you post its link. Please see this post for reference,1225.0.html.

Post your question/information / Re: Editor's Choice: Climate Change
« on: November 08, 2017, 12:47:58 PM »
Hi Pankaj, please provide some details about the paper when you post its link. Please see this post for reference,1225.0.html. Moreover, the link you posted does not work now. You may consider modifying that.

Post your question/information / Re: Never miss a scientific paper again!
« on: November 08, 2017, 12:41:04 PM »
This page seems to be interesting but it would be helpful if you can describe the page and elaborate on how to use it.

Programming / Re: R-Studio as a viable alternative to Matlab
« on: January 14, 2015, 10:30:55 PM »
I found out this website.
Its called
Its great, check it out.

Programming / Re: R-Studio as a viable alternative to Matlab
« on: January 14, 2015, 10:15:14 PM »
Thank You Sat Kumar
This web portal is very useful. Specifically for beginners of programming languages.
Its really exiting.
The only problem I see is, I cannot jump levels, I have to start with 1+1 . . .  ;D :P

Anyways, thank you for sharing.
Specifically, very useful for people learning R in their first programming encounter.

Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), a Unit of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is a premier institute for capacity building and research in the field of remote sensing and geoinformatics. IIRS invites applications for the posts of scientist/engineer-SC.

Follow the links below for details:

Post your question/information / Re: The farse(?) of university rankings
« on: December 15, 2014, 10:56:25 AM »
Very nice talk. Thank you for sharing it in forum. A must watch for all academicians and academic aspirants.

Interesting information / Re: SCI Journals
« on: October 17, 2014, 12:03:47 PM »
Very useful information Bharat, thanks for that. Can you please attach lists of category Geosciences, Multidisciplinary and Geochemistry and Geophysics. These two categories include GRL, JGR and other relevant journals. I went through the lists but could not get the pdf files as you have attached.

These are the links 

Geosciences, Multidisciplinary:
Geochemistry and Geophysics:

Post your question/information / Re: [Video] Proud of Indian Mars Mission
« on: October 14, 2014, 08:22:26 PM »
Too good . . . Lets make innovators famous

Post your question/information / Re: Flood Barrier
« on: October 14, 2014, 08:01:49 PM »
Really an interesting civil engineering marvel. Thanks for sharing

Announcements / Position of Assistant Prof at NIT Allahabad
« on: September 24, 2014, 11:17:06 AM »
Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology Allahabad announces vacancy of faculty positions at the level of Assistant Professor in various departments of the Institute. Total vacancies -- 96 [UR:40, OBC: 30, SC:15, ST:11, PWD: 05]. Go through the links below for details

Programming / Re: R-Studio as a viable alternative to Matlab
« on: September 23, 2014, 04:41:16 PM »
R is my mother language as far as programming languages are concerned. I have very limited knowledge of Matlab. But still I can say that R is a very light programming language. You do not have to carry the whole library of functions all the time. You can install the ones you want at a point of time. You can even write your own function if you are not happy with the predefined ones. Computations take very less time. And till now I did not find anything that is not possible to do with R. The only word of caution is the packages are developed by different individuals. Hence, we should check them with example problems before we use.

Post your question/information / Re: Query
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:04:39 AM »
Thank you Karthik and Alok for the clarifications. They were really useful.

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