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Rajiv Kumar Chaturvedi









Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore



Climate Change mitigation and adaptation in Indian forests


Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University


First class


 Awards and Fellowships

a.     Our online climate policy tool Financial Times climate change calculator, won Statistical Excellence Award from Royal Statistical Society, London, 2016

b.     Nominated as a lead author to the regional assessment (Asia-Pacific) of Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) – 2015

c.     Nominated as lead author to the regional environmental outlook (Asia-Pacific) of United Nations Environment Programme – 2014

d.     Nominated as an author to the global environmental outlook of the United Nations Environment Programme - 2017

e.     Awarded the prestigious National Environmental Sciences Fellowship, by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India - 2011

f.   Selected and sponsored by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India for students and Nobel laureate meet in New Delhi - 2007

g.     Awarded Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) by CSIR, India - 2006

h.  Awarded Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) by the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India in the field of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, secured position among top 20% of top CSIR-JRF awardees and invited for prestigious SPM fellowship examinations (2004)

About the Faculty
Dr. Rajiv Kumar Chaturvedi obtained his PhD from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Ecology from the Centre for Ecological Sciences, and a masters in Geography from Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. After PhD, Dr. Chaturvedi worked for HSBC Global Research as a research Analyst till 2012. In 2012 he joined IISc as a National Environmental Sciences Fellow. Dr. Chaturvedi has also been associated with the Centre for Environmental Policy and Technology in the Imperial College, London as a visiting researcher. He has contributed to about 30 peer reviewed articles, and to two books in the areas related to forestry, environment and climate change. Dr. Chaturvedi has worked extensively with communities, Government officials, NGOs, and UN organizations. He has carried out field studies in Western Ghats and North-eastern states in India and interacted extensively with the state Government staff in these states. Dr. Chaturvedi is currently involved with India’s national greenhouse gas inventory programme and co-authored India's first Biennial Update Report to the United Nations. He is currently a lead author for the regional assessment reports of the UNEP (United Nations' Environment Programme) and IPBES (Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). 
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Place & Institution visited





CICERO, Oslo, Norway

Our research collaboration led to the following joint publication: “A macroeconomic analysis of adaptation to climate change impacts on forests in India” in Mitigation Adaptation Strategies to Global Change (2011)




Bristol University, UK

Our research collaboration led to the following joint publication: “Assessing the mitigation potential of forestry activities in a changing climate: A case study for Karnataka” in Forest Policy and Economics (2010)



Umea University, Sweden

Presented a paper titled “Impact of Climate Change on Indian Forests: A Short- and Medium-Term Assessment” in a conference organized by International Union of Forestry Research Organisations, FAO and the University of Umea



CICERO, Oslo, Norway

Research collaboration on development of India module for  Global Responses to Anthropogenic Change in the Environment (GRACE) model



ICIMOD, Kathmandu

Offered hands on training on ‘Modeling impact of climate change’ to the participants of 2nd WCRP CORDEX Workshop




CICERO, Oslo, Norway

Our research collaboration led to the following joint publication: “Lost benefits and carbon uptake by protection of Indian plantations” in Mitigation Adaptation Strategies to Global Change (2017)



Imperial College, London & London School of Economics

Development of Global Calculator pathways (; A manuscript titled “Modelling Carbon Mitigation Pathways - An Assessment of the Global Calculator” is now accepted for publication in the internal Journal of Energy Strategy Reviews



United Nation’s University, Tokyo, Japan

First Author meeting for preparation of IPBES regional assessment report for Asia-Pacific



Imperial College, London

Co-developed COP21 calculator (



Thimphu, Bhutan

Attended Second Workshop on ‘Hindu Kush Himalayas Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP): Action to Sustain Global Asset’



University of Brunei, Brunei

Conducted hands-on training on climate data analysis for the faculty and students of the University


Department Environment, Canberra, Australia & CSIRO

Attended training on FullCAM model, GHG accounting model and developed a proposal to apply FullCAM model for India’s national GHG inventory in the AFOLU sector


Department of Hydrology and Disaster Management, Nyi Pi Tow, Myanmar

Conducted hands-on training on climate data analysis to the scientist of the department and delivered a lecture titled “CMIP5 based climate change projections for India- its application for Impact assessment studies: challenges and opportunities”


Imperial College, London

Co-developed a conference paper titled “Assessing the climate impacts of Chinese dietary choices using a telecoupled global food trade and local land use framework” to be presented in National Convention Center, Beijing, Oct. 24-27, 2016 (


United Nation’s University, Tokyo, Japan

Third Author meeting for preparation of IPBES regional assessment report for Asia-Pacific


Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Kyoto, Japan

Presented our policy brief titled “Co-benefits of power sector decarbonisation for air quality and human health in India” to the Systems of Sustainable  Consumption and Production Knowledge Action Network (SSSCP-KAN) meeting over 15-16th January, 2018 in RIHN, Tokyo & Presented the Annual Report for South Asia region office to the Regional Advisory Committee of the Future Earth


Imperial College London & London School of Economic

To develop a joint research proposal between Imperial College, LSE and IISc on Early Warning Systems. This visit was also used to discuss a possible Policy Brief between the three institutions.


Contact Details
Dr. Rajiv Kumar Chaturvedi
Assistant Professor (Grade-1)
Chamber No: A-403
Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
K. K. Birla Goa Campus
Zuari Nagar, Goa - 403726
Phone: 0832-2580265; Mobile - 9008866884

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