Department of Geology - Project

Faculty: Dr. Vipin Kumar

Project: Assessment of Impact of climate change on the Geodiversity in Uttarakhand Himalaya for five most Disaster-prone Districts of Uttarakhand including vulnerability and Risk assessment: Implication for Sustainable Development and Policy Making

Funding Institution: DST, Govt. of India, India

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Total cost of the project: Rs.2,06,33,607 (Rupees two crore six lakh thirty-three thousand six hundred seven only)

Project Duration: years 2020-2023

Approved objectives:
  • To create a comprehensive geodiversity database by primary and secondary data collection including the existing datasets for 5 disaster prone districts of Uttarakhand i.e., Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Tehri and Pithoragarh.
  • To develop the generic methodology for calculating the geodiversity index and identifying geodiversity hotspots in 5 disaster-prone districts of Uttarakhand. The approach could be implemented for analysing the geodiversity of the other districts of Uttarakhand and other Himalayan states.
  • To identify the most sensitive and vulnerable geodiversity zones and to calculate the risk that could impact livelihood and sustainability of the above 5 most disaster-prone districts of Uttarakhand.
  • Quantifying the sensitivity and elasticity of the geodiversity to climate change, anthropogenic advancements and its impact on the socio-economic conditions of the above 5 disaster prone districts of Uttarakhand.
  • To assess the risk of the hydro meteorological and landslide hazards at regional and site-specific levels.