23 May 2017

2012 YSSPer Firdos Khan Yousafzai

Congratulations to Firdos Khan Yousafzai on his recent publication: Improved hydrological projections and reservoir management in the Upper Indus Basin under the changing climate. Below he mentions the impact of the YSSP.

© Firdos Khan Yousafzai

© Firdos Khan Yousafzai

"In 2012 I was selected to participate in the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) to work on my project: Climate change and its impacts on water resources in the Upper Indus Basin under IPCC climate change scenarios. Being a part of the IIASA Water Program, I worked with renowned researchers which enhanced my research skills and gave me new directions in the area of hydrology of the Upper Indus Basin. The experience led to me pursuing my PhD in Austria as the next year, in 2013, I was admitted at the University of Klagenfurt in the Faculty of Technical Sciences. At that time I did not know that the work I did at IIASA will be an integral part of my PhD dissertation."

Firdos is currently a PhD student at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria working on climate change and its impacts on water resources and operation of Tarbela Reservoir under the IPCC emission scenarios. Statistical methods are used to develop ensemble hydrological projections using the outputs of different emission scenarios. This is first study of its nature to assess the impact of climate change on the operation of Tarbela Reservoir. The study has manifold advantages to help policy makers in the areas of agriculture, hydropower, drinking water, industries and stabilization of ecosystem. Further, the study provides valuable information about the response of Tarbela Reservoir to climate change in the Upper Indus Basin which will help the management to optimize their future plans. 

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