In this seminar, Vikram will begin by outlining a very brief history of decadal climate variability (DCV) research, followed by describing Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO) and other DCV phenomena. Then, major hypothesized mechanisms of DCV will be reviewed, followed by the current state of decadal climate predictability.
Vikram will show highlights of DCV impacts on various societal sectors in some countries including the USA, Australia, and India; and socio-economic and political consequences of DCV impacts in some of the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) and West African countries. These highlights will be followed by a description of stakeholder needs for DCV information in water and agriculture sectors.
Near the end of the seminar, Dr Vikram Mehta will outline an urgent need for developing DCV adaptation science in the context of recent IPCC Reports, followed by a discussion of possible constituents of such a science.