Climate Change in India's Western Ghat Forests

Billions of people around the world rely on forests for food, shelter, fuel, medicines, stable soils, clean air and fresh water. Forests harbor more species than any other terrestrial habitat and safeguard the world’s biological heritage. They are integral components of many landscapes, playing a unique role in the cultural fabric of diverse societies and creating livelihoods for forest dependent communities.

Studies in the Western Ghats have already shown a large dependence of local communities and their economies on forest products, but climate change is likely to significantly impact the diverse forest ecosystems found here, and the many services they provide. Both climate and forest ecosystems are highly complex. Their behavior and interactions are difficult to predict. The only way to unravel this complexity is by designing effective experiments; carefully collecting as much data as possible.

This is your opportunity to be part of an Earthwatch research project that seeks to measure the true impact of climate change on the world’s forests, and help to inform efforts to conserve them.

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What to Expect?

Earthwatch is undertaking a comprehensive research program, assessing the impacts of climate change on the world’s forests so that we might better understand how these habitats are responding to climate change. Join the research team at the Earthwatch India Regional Climate Centre (RCC) in Sirsi and you’ll enjoy the beauty and rich diversity of India’s forests, and learn the many field techniques essential to accurately capturing the data required to investigate the effects of climate change, habitat fragmentation and management systems on forests.

Working alongside local research partners - the Indian Institute of Science’s Centre for Sustainable Technologies - Earthwatch volunteers assist scientists, measuring trees and conducting field work that is fundamental to our scientific understanding of how climate change impacts the world’s forests, their ecosystems and the communities which depend upon them.

  • Program ID: # 1621
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
  • location:
    India Regional Climate Centre
    Uttara Kannada District
    14° 37' 10.2" N, 74° 50' 7.44" E
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Please contact program
  • Costs From:
    Over $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
    Learn Abroad
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