While, carbon dioxide (CO2) has been recognized as the primary catalyst for global climate change, other forcing elements, like short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), also cause significant climate impacts. There is a world-wide consensus on the near-term benefits of controlling SLCPs. Especially for India, controlling only GHGs will not automictically cut SLCPs as they arise from distinct sources. Moreover, reducing air pollution and access to clean energy for all is the need of the hour for checking the rise in health impacts attributed to anthropogenic activities and propel development. Thus, quantifying contribution of different anthropogenic sources to emissions and assessing the co-benefits of various climate, air quality and development policies are essential to guide policy design in India.
Specific tasks to be undertaken as a part of my research include development of gridded inventory for India comprising emissions of long-live GHGs, aerosols and precursor gases. It will involve analysis of activity data collected through mobile application-based field surveys and measured emission factors along with data from various govt. reports. It will be developed on a Geographic Information System (GIS) platform enabled with query-based decision making and supported by a database management platform for future updation of the inventory.Second, development of future emission pathways for 2030 and 2050 under different mitigation scenarios governed by projected growth in activity and technology shifts based on emission regulations, national missions and developmental schemes. Third, the emissions scenarios will be input to an impact assessment framework based on emission reduction potentials and multi-criteria analysis to quantify multiple impacts and assess co-benefits of different sets of interventions.
BTech+MTech (Dual degree) in Mining Engineering - NIT Rourkela
MATLAB, QGIS, Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint