This project investigates how water is stored in, and moves through, a Himalayan river system (the inter-linked Beas and Sutlej catchments) in northern India at daily to 10-year timescales. The resulting insights will be used to develop and test a robust model of the whole system that can be used to inform current and future decision making to support the sustainable development and management of the region's water resources.
  • DatesApril 2016–March 2019
  • SponsorNERC, Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES)
  • Funded£412,778
  • PartnersHeriot-Watt University (PI), Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, National Institute of Technology Hamirpur, National Institute of Hydrology Roorkee, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, British Antarctic Survey

    Stakeholders: Bhakra-Beas Management Board, All India Farmers Association

A combination of state-of-the-art modelling, field studies, satellite-based remote sensing and observation will be developed to improve the process-based understanding of Himalayan water resources availability and quality. A 'whole-system' framework underpinned by these detailed process modelling outcomes will be built using the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) software system.

The whole system model will be used to understand how climate change, land-use change and population growth affect water resources, so as to inform decision-making that supports India's water resources development and long-term socio-economic growth.

The project involves collaboration between internationally-leading scientists at four Indian institutions (IIT-Roorkee, NIT-Hamirpur, NIH-Roorkee and the IISc-Bangalore), two UK universities (Heriot-Watt and Cranfield) and one British Research Institute (the British Antarctic Survey).

Related publication

Snapir B, Momblanch A, Jain SK, Waine TW & Holman IP (2019) A method for monthly mapping of wet and dry snow using Sentinel-1 and MODIS: Application to a Himalayan river basin, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 74 (February) 222-230.

Further information

  • India-UK Water Centre