India – Climate Change Adaptation
CHanGE is working with partners in India and the US to pursue climate change adaptation activities related to heat in India. The project, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has several objectives, including:
- Evaluating the health effects of extreme heat exposure in Ahmedabad, the largest city in Gujarat state;
- Using retrospective epidemiological analyses to develop temperature thresholds for heat early warnings in Ahmedabad;
- Developing a heat early warning system incorporating weather forecasts with multiple preparedness activities at the municipal level; and
- Evaluating the effectiveness of the Ahmedabad Heat Action Plan, which went into full operation in 2014.
Project partners include the Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
This work has garnered attention in South Asia and beyond. The project has resulted in high-level collaborations with the Indian Meteorological Department to develop and disseminate temperature forecasts to Ahmedabad and other cities, and in expansion of similar efforts into other cities, including Nagpur and Bhubaneswar, in a separate effort funded by the Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).