Project Profile

Water availability and demand analysis of the Indus Basin under Climate Change

Duration : February 1, 2012 - December 31, 2013

This Terms of Reference (ToR) relates to Component 2 of the HICAP on Water Availability and Demand Scenarios. With the overall goal to improve our knowledgebase on climate change impact on water availability and demand in the Indus basin, the specific objectives of the proposed study are to: • Assess the current knowledge base, including historic water resources supply and demand trends, and water resources development strategies; • Develop water availability and demand scenarios corresponding to base and future climate scenarios at sub-basin and catchment scales; • Improve our understanding of the partitioning of runoff contribution from different natural sources (snow glacier, rainfall, groundwater, etc.); • Identify most vulnerable catchments, including infrastructure and communities, to hydrological impacts of climate change; and • Identify, assess and prioritize suitable adaptation options (including interventions) according to effectiveness in terms of reducing vulnerability to threats from hydrological impacts of climate change.

Location(s): Pakistan
Project Contact: Anwar, Arif
Donor(s): ICIMOD

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