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Improving the Water Outlook in the Himalayas

Andrew Robertson, a climate scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society, discusses his research on helping reservoir managers in northern India make better planning decisions by improving their ability to predict how climate change will influence water availability. In order to do this, Robertson worked with colleagues at the Columbia Water Center and the Tree Ring Laboratory. The team reconstructed 500 years of past streamflow from tree-ring records collected in Pakistan and then combined this data with weather and seasonal forecasts to generate preliminary water scenarios for the region going out ten years.

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