Workshop: Impacts of heatwaves on India’s policies

April 27, 2023 April 28, 2023
Bangalore, India

National Workshop on Heatwaves, climate change and its impacts on economic and energy policies of India

This workshop aims to explore the effects of heatwaves on policy-making and to develop strategies to address this critical issue. Apply now to learn from experts, exchange ideas, and contribute to developing effective policies to mitigate the impacts of heatwaves. Apply now for a 2-Day residential workshop in Bangalore, India.


While 2022 set a record with 200 heatwave days in India with some of the hottest months since 1901 and impacting nearly 70% of the country, spring went missing in 2023 as well. February this year was declared the hottest in the last 123 years, the first ever since 1901.

In a country like India, which is densely populated, the extreme heat hits the poor the hardest who are working as urban or rural labour without access to cooling. The prolonged exposure to high temperatures and wet-bulb conditions can lead to high risks of heat stroke and a range of physiological impacts. 90 deaths were reported in 2022 due to extreme heat stress. Increasing global mean temperatures due to more intense and frequent heat waves would result in inadequate circumstances as few regions meet and exceed limits to human survivability. 

State-run India Meteorological Department (IMD) has already predicted an increased probability of heatwaves during April and May. Having gone through a heat-driven power shortage crisis last year, the government has already started boosting fuel imports to meet soaring demand during the upcoming summer months.


DAY 1:

Welcome, introduction and purpose of trainingAarti Khosla, Director, Climate Trends
The challenges of forecasting and heat trends observed by India Meteorological DepartmentDr Naresh Kumar, DGM, National Weather Forecasting Centre, India Meteorological Department 
Understanding the variation in weather patterns and the need for early warning systems Dr Raghu Murtugudde, Faculty, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay 
The impacts of heat on rural vs urban geographies: Urban heat island impacts and vulnerability of major crop production zonesDr Vimal Mishra, Professor, IIT Gandhinagar
Understanding attribution science: Human induced climate change and heatwavesDr Friederike Otto, World Weather Attribution (via zoom)
Power sector preparedness for increasing heatwaves: Infrastructure vulnerability and demand-supply gaps Bharath Jairaj, World Resources Institute 
Rising wet-bulb temperatures and labour impactDr Luke Parsons, Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University (via Zoom)
Wrap-up for the dayClimate Trends
DAY 2: 
The hurdles in building adaptive capacity: A status check on planning and implementation of heat action plansKunal Satyarthi, Joint Secretary, National Disaster Management Agency
Analysing the challenges and progress made under heat action plans across states Aditya Valiathan Pillai, Centre for Policy Research
Tea Break
The dominance of climate change on global circulations and its impact on heatwaves and marine heatwavesDr Roxy Mathew Koll, Scientist, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune
Lunch Break
Understanding the need of Heat Action Plan: Building heat and health resilience and preparednessDr Abhiyant Tiwari, Natural Resource Defense Council
Explaining the National Program for Climate Change and Human Health and how it can respond to increasing heat threatsDr Aakash Shrivastava, Additional Director and Lead, National Program for Climate Change and Human Health, National Centre for Disease Control
Tea Break
Connecting the real-world implications of heat in reportage and how to narrate the climate storyRajesh Kumar Singh, Bloomberg
Gerry Shih, Washington Post
Nidhi Jamwal, Gaon Connection