Answering the question - Why water is special?

ATREE organized a 12-day management Development Programme in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) from 2-12th December 2018. The programme was held at the School of Ancient Wisdom at Devanahalli, Bangalore.

The inaugural function was graced by Chief Guest, Shri B. G. Gurupadswamy (Engineer's Chief and Registrar, ACIWRM) who spoke about the importance of an integrated approach to water management in the contemporary world. Dr Ravi Prakash (Technical) Director, ACIWRM, re-emphasized the need for the trainees to become inter-disciplinary and to look at the big-picture as they grow in their professional life. Dr Veena Srinivasan presented ATREE's work on water and also delivered the first lecture of the training programme by contextualising the question - why water is special? - setting the stage for the rest of the training programme.



Solutions for Rejuvenating Bengaluru’s Lakes Workshop

ATREE in association with Centre for Ecology and Hydrology(CEH) conducted a 2-day workshop focussing on science-based solutions for rejuvenating Bengaluru lakes. 
Solutions for Rejuvenating Bengaluru’s Lakes workshop got off to a fluid start with Sharachchandra Lele (ATREE) setting the context by talking about current threats and status of lakes and the various stakeholders involved at the state, local and central level. He called for a multi-layered lake water governance that involves all stakeholders and has a comprehensive outlook at upstream and downstream lakes, wastewater management and groundwater recharge.

Workshop conveners and water experts Priyanka Jamwal (ATREE) & Laurence Carvalho (CEH) followed by zeroing in on ‘what is clean water, who decides what it is and how it is necessary to have a common definition’? They spoke about the need to look at both long and short term solutions in tandem to contend with water pollution and preventing resultant effects like eutrophication and algal bloom.

They were followed by a diverse set of speakers whose expertise ranged from Water management solutions to wastewater management in the context of ‘Smart Cities’ to boosting citizen lake management capacity via apps to using water plants /algae to arrest nutrient increase or cleanse waters (Constructed wetland treatment systems). A stimulating panel discussion consisting of Annapurna (Jala Poshan), Chanakya H.N, Howard Dryden (CWW)summed up the day's topics with some great insights. The workshop ended with a field visit that provided participants with practical experience.
ATREE at Submerge
Science Gallery Bengaluru along with the Smithsonian Institution has organised an exhibition on water, called SUBMERGE, at the Bangalore International Centre from 15 December 2019 to 31 January 2020. Part of Science Gallery Bengaluru’s opening season, the exhibition marks the Government of Karnataka's Year of Water initiative, which aims to explore our collective relationship to water and address challenges to identify better futures.

The first two talks in the SUBMERGE talk series were by ATREE faculty. They addressed water from different perspectives; on Dec 15, Jagdish Krishnaswamy delivered the inaugural talk on "Why does a river need to flow from mountains to the sea?". On Dec 17, Veena Srinivasan presented a talk titled "New Frontiers in Water Sciences". 

Organised in collaboration with the Indian Academy of Science,  the talks were followed by an in-depth closed-door tutorial session with 10-20 young scholars and practitioners from across Bangalore.

       Streamlining Research Data - Open Data Kit Workshop

Data collection is an important part of any research activity. The process of formulating data schema, collecting data, compiling the collected data, management and analysis of such data can be done efficiently by leveraging mobile data collection techniques. Visualization and interpretation of such data can be done using tools like Earth Engine. The workshop introduced a well known open-source mobile data collection platform popularly known as Open Data Kit(ODK) suite of tools and Google suite of tools. 

Participants were also introduced to Google Earth Engine (GEE), a powerful and freely accessible cloud computing geospatial analysis platform which makes available satellite imagery and large scale datasets to detect Earth surface changes and map trends. Participants practiced downloading and visualizing different kinds of raw and processed datasets and classifying land cover images.

Science Communication Workshop

A 2-day workshop on Science Communication at ATREE began with Arun Dayanandan, Conservation Biologist and Science Communicator introducing the participants to storytelling, blogging and writing. 

In the latter half of the day, participants were introduced to several open-source software for photo and video editing. They interviewed faculty and post-docs at ATREE and made short documentaries to communicate the work of these experts. Day 2 focussed on technical aspects such as open-source editing tools and other easily available but little know video software that boost quality.

ATREE is now a proud partner of EChO Network

Prof. K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India launched the EChO Network at Prithvi Bhavan, New Delhi. EChO Network is a national program conceived to provide a template for cross-disciplinary leadership in India with the specific focus of increasing research, knowledge, and awareness of Indian ecology and the environment. India faces unprecedented threats to its human environmental and ecosystems, solving which requires a confluence of India’s strong technical expertise and knowledge of the natural world itself.

EChO Network will develop a national network to catalyse a new generation of Indians who can synthesize interdisciplinary concepts and tackle real-world problems in medicine, agriculture, ecology, and technology. With no precedent for such a network anywhere in the world, EChO Network establishes a new platform to change how science is embedded in our modern society. Dr Siddhartha Krishnan was there to represent ATREE who is a strategic partner in the network.

Mridula Paul, Senior Policy Analyst at ATREE has become a member of the Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi), which is a Joint Commission Specialist Group of the IUCN. She is also a member of the IUCN Commission on Environment, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and the Species Survival Commission (SSC).
ATREE's Rajkamal Goswami and Vikram Aditya, former recipients of NGS explorer grants, participated in the National Geographic explorer meetup held on the 18th of October in Bangalore.  NGS explorer grantees are a global community of former and current NGS grant winners. NGS organizes meetups of explorers in different countries from time to time. They were also a part of the first explorer's meet held in India.
Concordia's Chief of Staff, Mr William Cheaib visited ATREE and spoke to staff and faculty about possible collaborations. With so many of the goals and aspirations of both the institutions being aligned, we look forward to an exciting journey.
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