The pervasiveness of climate change impact is vividly recognized in its various manifestation of natural and environmental disasters, and consequent loss of lives and property. There is a perceptible dearth of skilled human resources to address the issues effectively in mitigating challenges at local as well as national levels. The priorities have been placed to understand the environmental processes and projected climatic and meteorological trend in different geographic regions, generate spatio-temporal data on climate and disaster proneness, build predictive modelling tools for environmental impact and human health risk assessment, and innovate disaster management methodologies for micro and macro level intervention.
The School of Environment and Disaster Management (EDM) puts emphasis on the study of environmental systems in totality, encompassing the study of natural or man-made disasters.
At its formative phase, EDM activity plans to:
- Strengthen R&D and academic activities on the micro and macro perspectives of environmental variability and climate change impacts;
- Generate baseline data and specially building database for effective dissemination of information on environmental vulnerability, and disaster risk mitigation;
- Build up a mechanism for sustainability of the EDM activity and conduct programme specific priority research projects to generate constant pool of infrastructure and logistics;
- Community engagement and extension activity through social partners to promote and disseminate practical guidance on EDM at the grassroots.
- Effective contribution towards capacity building programmes, resource generation, national and international collaboration to make visible of the RKMVERI activity.
A full-fledged post graduate course on Environment & Disaster Management will be started from the academic year 2018-19. Students are welcome to be enrolled. (Visit IRDM Website for more info)
Current R&D Activities
- Climate change and human vulnerability, with reference to select districts of rural Bengal;
- Climate analysis and associated geo-spatial mapping of regions of states of India, with special reference to human heat stress and strain indicators;
- Situational analysis of rural farming methods and practices in small and marginal farm holdings;
National and International collaboration
- RKMVERI as a partner institute of European Commission ERUSMUS project, jointly with 14 universities from Europe and Central Asia; A programme to carry out at RKMVERI on Environmental Health;
- Department of Science & Technology funded research programme on climate change;
- Collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, New Delhi, in a nation-wide network programme on climate impacts (DST funded project).
Research Scholars in EDM: see PhD Students page