School of Earth and Environment

Neha Mittal

Research Fellow

Email address: N.Mittal@leeds.ac.uk

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute

Biography

Neha is an interdisciplinary environmental researcher at the Sustainability Research Institute. She focuses on her co-authored research project CI4Tea - Climate Information for Resilient Tea Production and is associated with the Future Climate For Africa programme (http://www.futureclimateafrica.org/)

Neha has previously worked for the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science, where she analysed large datasets of historical and future climate projections to develop climate briefs for Malawi and Tanzania under the UMFULA project (http://www.futureclimateafrica.org/project/umfula/). She also worked with the WWF-UK on freshwater management, riverine restoration and monitoring of river health. Her PhD research in the Ganges River Basin, focused on potential changes in future climatic extremes, and the impact of human intervention (dam) and future climate change on river flow regime. She is an Erasmus Mundus Master’s Scholarship awardee from the European Commission.

Qualifications

BSc Geology, Panjab University, India

MSc Environmental Science, Panjab University, India

MS Environmental Science Policy and Management, Central European University, Budapest, Aegean University, Lesvos and University of Manchester, UK

PhD, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

Research Interests

Riverine environmental flow requirements

Climate change impact on water resources

Sector specific co-production of climate information

Project outline

Climate Information for Resilient Tea Production - CI4Tea is a NERC-DFID funded project under FCFA Applied Research Fund. The work is led by Prof Andy Dougill at the University of Leeds. Other partners include the UK Met Office, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya. We aim to produce tailored climate information to inform the medium and long-term planning priorities of tea sector stakeholders and would help in exploring the potential for climate change adaptation options in the tea sector in southern Malawi and western Kenya. CI4Tea involves a co-production approach for identifying key climate metrics and relevant thresholds for tea production and quality by engaging with tea sector stakeholders; particularly tea producers. The identified climate metrics and thresholds will be analysed using 29 state-of-the-art CMIP5 model simulations for medium and long-term, and CP4-Africa high resolution simulations for the recent past and future.

Publications

  • Bhave AG; Mittal N; Mishra A; Raghuwanshi NS (2016) Integrated Assessment of no-Regret Climate Change Adaptation Options for Reservoir Catchment and Command Areas, Water Resources Management, 30, pp.1001-1018. doi: 10.1007/s11269-015-1207-4
  • Mittal N; Bhave AG; Mishra A; Singh R (2016) Impact of human intervention and climate change on natural flow regime, Water Resources Management, 30, pp.685-699. doi: 10.1007/s11269-015-1185-6
  • Demuzere M; Orru K; Heidrich O; Olazabal E; Geneletti D; Orru H; Bhave AG; Mittal N; Feliu E; Faehnle M (2014) Mitigating and adapting to climate change: Multi-functional and multi-scale assessment of green urban infrastructure, Journal of Environmental Management, 146, pp.107-115. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.07.025
  • Mittal N; Mishra A; Singh R; Kumar P (2014) Assessing future changes in seasonal climatic extremes in the Ganges river basin using an ensemble of regional climate models, Climatic Change, 123, pp.273-286. doi: 10.1007/s10584-014-1056-9
  • Mittal N; Mishra A; Singh R; Bhave AG; van der Valk M (2014) Flow regime alteration due to anthropogenic and climatic changes in the Kangsabati River, India, Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology, 14, pp.182-191. doi: 10.1016/j.ecohyd.2014.06.002
  • Mittal N; Mishra A; Singh R (2013) Combining climatological and participatory approaches for assessing changes in extreme climatic indices at regional scale, Climatic Change, 119, pp.603-615. doi: 10.1007/s10584-013-0760-1