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Ram Devi Shah

 

Ram Devi Tachamo Shah

Ph.D. student

A1.16: AQUATIC EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY UNDER CLIMATE CHANGE CONDITIONS

B2.15: YOUNG RESEARCH GROUP "INTEGRATED MODELLING OF STREAM ECOSYSTEMS"

Doctoral thesis: “Detecting the climate sensitive zones in Nepal, central Himalaya: Implications for climate change monitoring”

Mountain freshwater ecosystems are highly vulnerable to climate warming because of the close relationship between climate, hydrology, geomorphic processes, and the stream biota. Benthic macroinvertebrates are a key component of freshwater ecosystems and sensitive indicators of changes in stream temperatures or flow conditions. Furthermore, they play a critical role in the balance and natural flow of energy and nutrients in aquatic systems. Therefore they are good tools for monitoring stream health. However, general benthic invertebrate monitoring is very time consuming and expensive. A cost effective monitoring tool is thus required to assess and monitor climate change impacts on freshwater ecosystems. The climate sensitive zones (CSZ) approach identifies regions that are most susceptible to climate change impacts. My research project aims to detect CSZs in streams along altitudinal gradients of the central Himalaya Mountains using benthic macroinvertebrates and to develop a cost-effective tool for monitoring climate change impacts in Nepalese streams. This research comprises field work and laboratory components, and will improve our general understanding how climate variables affect benthic macroinvertebrate communities in mountain streams.

The 3-year project is funded by the BMBF-IPSWaT (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung-International Postgraduate Studies in Water Technologies) scholarship programme (http://www.internationales-buero.de/en/789.php).

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Selected publications and presentations

Shah, R.D.T., Narayan Shah, D., Domisch, S. (2012) Range shifts of a relict Himalayan dragonfly in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region under climate change scenarios. International Journal of Odonatology 15, 209-222.

Shah, R. D. T., Hasse, P., Pauls, S., Jähnig, S. 2012. Detecting the climate-sensitive zones in Nepal, central Himalaya: Design of a forthcoming river research project at “International Symposium on Mountain Resource Management in a Changing Environment”, Kathmandu, Nepal, 29-31 May, 2012.

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