“Our collaborative research efforts focus on a critical region where a lack of knowledge currently limits the predictability of future climate.”

India, having its vast coastal areas and the highest mountain range, is one among a few countries that is most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Given the imperative movement for sustainable development in the midst of rapid growth in urbanization and industrialization, the country faces complex challenges in working towards the mitigation and adaptation strategies. One of the critical components to verify, evaluate and predict these mitigation efforts is the accurate quantification of regional sources and sinks of carbon. Jointly with the Max Planck institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena (MPI-BGC), a Max Planck partner group is established at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal with an aim to bring in significant advancement and innovation in terms of developing an integrated GHG monitoring system over India. Dr. Dhanyalekshmi K. Pillai, Greenhouse gas Modelling and Applications (GMA) group in IISER Bhopal, leads this partner group along with Dr. Christoph Gerbig, Dr. Julia Marshall and Prof. Dr. Martin Heimann from the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC), Jena, Germany as the other core members.The group’s research involves implementation of data driven greenhouse gas modeling approach to the Indian subcontinent.

"Limiting the GHG emissions to minimize the adverse effect on the climate system requires accurate quantification of sources and sinks of these GHGs."

Partner Group Fellowships
Being on the active phase of expansion, the group welcomes applications from highly motivated and team-oriented young candidates for Max Planck Partner Group’s Junior Research Fellow (MP-PG JRF) and Project Assistant (MP-PG PA) positions at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES), IISER Bhopal. The fellowships will be supported by the Max Planck Society in Germany, as part of the Max Planck partner group at IISER Bhopal. One of our critical research topics in GMA group is about monitoring emission hotspots in India (e.g. cities) in the context of rapidly increasing anthropogenic emissions and their impact on climate. The MP-PG JRF/PA will be closely collaborating with the Max Planck Institute of Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany.

“We explore the usability of atmospheric measurements of important greenhouse gases to derive the regional sources and sinks of GHGs.”