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Classification of Adaptation Measures and Criteria for Evaluation: Case Studies in the Gandaki River Basin, Nepal

(Working Paper, 2017)
The study shows that communities within the Gandaki river basin are already experiencing climate change impacts, with a visible effect on their livelihoods. Local practices and on-ground planned and autonomous adaptation innovations are identified and analysed.

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The River Itself Warns Us

(Working Paper, 2017)
In the flood prone context of the Gandaki river basin, this paper documents the complex interactions between local knowledge based forecasting of floods vs. official early warning systems.

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Migration and the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake in Nepal – Effect on rescue and relief processes and lessons for the future

(Working Paper, 2016)
The effects of the 2015 Gorkha earthquake had both positive and negative impacts on migration patterns in earthquake affected districts. Post-earthquake the process of rebuilding was quite challenging with varied experiences for migrant and non-migrant households. These differences are explored further in this paper.

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Assessing Costs and Benefits of Climate Change Adaptation

(Working Paper, 2016)
Existing documentation establishes evidence that the Hindu Kush Himalayan region is vulnerable to climatic and weather variability. Under these circumstances, it is important to put in place appropriate adaptation responses that build resilience and that reduce risks associated with a changing climate. Adaptation responses can follow multiple pathways to address the large gaps in achieving threshold levels of the quality of life, and the new risks posed by climate change.

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Reference Climate Dataset for the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra River Basins

(Working Paper, 2016)
High-altitude climates are particularly uncertain, and commonly used climate datasets are grossly inaccurate at high altitudes. Therefore, a novel reference climate dataset covering the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra (IGB) river basins has been constructed with a particular focus on improved representation of high-altitude precipitation

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Selection of Climate Models for Developing Representative Climate Projections for the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

(Working Paper, 2016)
There are two fundamentally different methods for selecting appropriate general circulation and regional climate models (GCMs/RCMs). The first approach aims to cover the full envelope of possible futures ranging from dry and cold projections to wet and warm projections, while the second approach selects GCMs/RCMs on the basis of indicators of past performance. In the case of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH), the first approach may be preferable as climate models have considerable difficulty in simulating past climate. In this study, we develop a new method that combines the two existing methods, so as to have a set of climate models that not only cover a wide range of possible futures but also reproduce the most important processes in the region.

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