Winter school 2020

online winter school – 2020


Adaptive Management of Floods in Kuttanad region in the context of a changing climate

Date: 7th December 2020

Organisers: Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) and Cochin University College of Engineering Kuttanad (CUCEK)

The Kuttanad region encompasses the Vembanad wetland system identified as a Ramsar site. The area is a larger mosaic of fragmented landscape patches and varied ecosystems and remarkably networked water ways. The key feature of Kuttanad region is the cultivation of paddy at 1 m to 2 m below mean sea level (MSL). As the region lies below mean sea level, a large part of the area is waterlogged for most of the year and subject to flood and inundation during the monsoons. The changing climate has made the region more vulnerable to floods. In the recent floods of 2018 , due to the heavy rainfall and the breach of polder walls (bunds), more than 50,000 houses in Kuttanad region were fully or partly drowned. About 0.3 million people were forced to leave their homes to 700 relief camps.

To adapt to the changing climate, we need to systematically evaluate the natural and socioeconomic vulnerabilities of the region devising contextually relevant adaptation measures. With the aim to explore possibilities of adaptive management of floods in the Kuttanad region, we are organising the Winter School-2020. The Winter School will draw from the experiences of the three organisations, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-Bombay), Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) and Cochin University College of Engineering Kuttanad (CUCEK) working together since the 2018 Kerala floods through the CANALPY(

The Winter School is tailored for students to (a) expose them to the technical and socio-economic analysis needed for the adaptive management of floods, (b) expose them to the history of human interventions in the fragile ecosystem of the Kuttanad region, and © equip them to be part of the trans-disciplinary experiments ongoing and planned in Kuttanad region. The school through a combination of lecture sessions, practicals, and project work aims to impart perspective, knowledge, and skills to participants engaging in meaningful analysis and local action to address the challenges in the Kuttanad region.

Tentative topics

a) Perspectives
Kuttanad region: biophysical peculiarities, developmental interventions, and environmental degradation
Climate change: global to local
Concepts of adaptation and mitigation in climate change
Appropriate Technologies for Kuttanad Region

b) Knowledge
Remote sensing and GIS techniques for flood mapping
Bio physical and Socio-economic Vulnerability mapping

c) Skill-building:
Practical on Remote sensing and GIS techniques
Practical on Vulnerability mapping
Practical on Participatory methods
Hands on training on mobile apps like ODK/OSM tracker

d) Consolidation
Project work: Task given to be completed as groups in flexible manner over one month (15 Dec 2020 -15 Jan 2021)

Mode of delivery: The lecture sessions will be delivered online every day from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Attendance in all sessions and completion of project work is mandatory to be eligible for the certificate of participation

Tentative dates: 7th – 15 th December 2020

Project work: 15 Dec 2020 -15 Jan 2021

Target students: Students of B.Tech Civil /B.Arch /B.Sc Agri students from 3rd to 8th semesters. Fresh graduates (who passed out in the last three years) can also apply

Seats: 50

Last Date of Application: December 4, 2020

Course Fee: None

Application procedure: Please fill in the application via the link at the top of this page. Students provide your college Identity Card and fresh graduates their degree (or course completion) certificates.

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