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The Cauvery is a contentious, inter-state river, shared between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and has long presented serious water management challenges. UPSCAPE will engage with different stakeholder groups to help define policies and approaches for sustainable water management. A key challenge will be to account for the many local, small-scale water management interventions (e.g. bunds, check dams, wells) in larger-scale, basin-led decision-making.

UPSCAPE’s objectives therefore are to:

  • Understand how small-scale interventions impact on basin-scale water availability;
  • Develop novel methods for upscaling improved local-scale process understanding in basin-wide water resources management models;
  • Investigate the key hydrological processes operating in rural catchments;
  • Explore how urban developments impact on groundwater recharge and surface hydrology;
  • Demonstrate how the new scientific understanding can be applied to water resource policy and decisions.

PDF icon Learn about the UPSCAPE project’s impact on water resources in the Cauvery basin.

UPSCAPE Contacts

Principal Investigators

UK: Dr Gwyn Rees
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

India: Prof. Pradeep Mujumdar
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

  • Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH)
  • British Geological Survey (BGS)
  • University of Dundee
  • Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE)
  • International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

UPSCAPE project - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology