(English) Common climate change model on the cards

Image: Nepal Mountain Focus
Image: Nepal Mountain Focus

KATHMNDU, Nepal–The government is working out with new model to help project the impacts of climate change on temperature, rainfall and other climatic conditions in eight districts.

At a time climate change and rainfall pattern impacts are being realized in various sectors across the country, the government realized the importance to bring a common climate change model to approach the effects on scientific basis.

The new climate change model will allow the government agencies to plan the country’s infrastructure and development programs with more geographically targeted information, according to the Ministry of Science, Environment and Technology (MoSTE).

The model will reportedly help to develop climate threat profiles to assess vulnerability.  The model will make use of data obtained from previous researches carried out by the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology which falls under the Ministry, according to officials.

National Adaptation Plan of Action under the Ministry, temperature is likely to increase by 1.40 and 2.80 degree Celsius by 2030 and 2060. Likewise, the country is likely to witness more inconsistent monsoon rainfall and glacial lake outburst floods.

The proposed model will identify potential impacts of climate change on various sectors like water and sanitation, roads and bridges, urban planning, as well as examine risks of Glacier Lake Outburst Floods in Kathmandu, Dolakha, Chitwan, Myagdi, Banke, Achham, Mustang and Panchthar.

The model is being developed under the Mainstreaming Climate Change Risk Management in Development project.

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