Flood Early Warning System For Guwahati
Energy Future|October - December 2020
In this article, Prasoon Singh, Dhriti Pathak, and Saurabh Bhardwaj say that flood early warning systems that can predict the flood hotspots of the city based on information regarding the rainfall intensity and duration can be a major boost towards enhancing the resilience of flood-prone cities such as Guwahati. They also inform us that TERI in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has recently launched a Flood Early Warning System (FEWS) for Guwahati.
Prasoon Singh, Dhriti Pathak, and Saurabh Bhardwaj

Over the longer term, climate change will make extreme weather events more frequent and widespread. In the past, most countries have dealt with single events at a time but as climate change concerns become more exaggerated, there is a need for countries to prepare themselves to deal with the compounding risk multiplying the deadly impacts. Climate change and global warming is one of the most talked about and discussed agenda in the scientific, political, and social discourses; yet we are still looking for an effective strategy to communicate about it in the public domain. The climate information sharing has been very selective and sporadic in nature as far as its coverage is concerned. This led us to the problem of acceptance of the relevant scientific findings, which would have been a better strategy to deal with climate challenges at a large scale if executed otherwise; so much so the common man remains sceptic whether to use that information for their own betterment and in their planning.

In recent years, our communication strategies have seen a shift from selective to proactive and from sporadic to frequent as the means of communication have improved significantly with the introduction of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools and its universal reach. Science communication and early warning have become and proven an effective method to improve resilience towards various risks and hazards. The recent technological developments have enabled us to anticipate, prepare for, and respond effectively to any hazardous events or risks emerging due to climate change and weather extremes. The trans-boundary nature of climatic disasters in most cases calls for sharing knowledge and resources at a global or regional scale to enhance resilience and reduce losses due to disasters.

Today, economically important centres of the country are being ravaged by floods annually. These cities, namely, Mumbai, Chennai, Guwahati, and so on, are rapidly growing urban centres whose urban planning and regulation could not keep up with their expansion and growth. Increased climate variability leading to higher intensity rainfall within shorter time spans combined with unplanned urban centres makes it crucial for cities to focus on resilience. As the country braces for impacts of climate change, urban centres would face dire consequences as the intensity and frequency of such extreme events are set to increase substantially. The advances in science and technology can be instrumental in providing Indian cities with appropriate measures to deal with such events. The inability of this would inadvertently mean a failure of the policymakers in developing systems for better management of urban areas.

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