Future Earth is a major international research platform providing the knowledge and support to accelerate transformations to a sustainable world. Launched in 2015, Future Earth is a 10-year initiative to advance Global Sustainability Science, build capacity in this rapidly expanding area of research and provide an international research agenda to guide natural and social scientists working around the world. But it is also a platform for international engagement to ensure that knowledge is generated in partnership with society and users of science.

It is sponsored by the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability comprising the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Belmont Forum of funding agencies, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization.

objectives of the regional office

  • Promote the implementation of specific activities of Future Earth over this region;
  • Ensure that regional priorities are made part of the strategic development of Future Earth;
  • Operate as a primary point of contact between interested researchers, research institutions, funders and other interested parties, and Future Earth, and
  • Provide up-to-date and timely information about the objectives and organization of Future Earth, actively reaching out to researchers and stakeholders over this region.

Research Areas

  • - Glaciers,
  • - Renewable Energy,
  • - Aerosols and their impacts on climate,
  • - Climate Modelling,
  • - Monsoon variability and predictability,
  • - Paleoclimate studies,
  • - Climate change economics,
  • - Forests, Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services
  • - Climate Policy
  • - Sustainable Development Goals


Monsoon Asia Integrated Research for Sustainability - Future Earth (MAIRS-FE):

MAIRS-FE is a regional consortium for the integrated study of earth system processes in the Asia Monsoon Region. The region of Monsoon Asia covers South, Southeast and East Asia. It is a region where the major features of landscape, such as vegetation, soil and water system developed in a monsoon climate. Monsoon rainfall is the main water resource of the region. However, the high variability of monsoon climate causes a high frequency of climate related disasters, such as floods, drought and heat waves which often bring about great damage to the region. At the same time, Monsoon Asia is a region with very active development and the highest population density in the world.

Bangalore Water Solution Laboratory in Divecha Centre:

Bangalore Water Solution Laboratory in Divecha Centre is a collaborative forum to address water-sector challenges in India, bridge the gap between science, policy and governance, and between knowledge and practice


  • Mitigation of Floods due to glacial lake outburst: This report contains the recommendations for mitigation of floods due to glacial lake outburst. These recommendations are implemented by the Sikkim government click here
  • Increase In Extreme Rainfall Events Decrease The Seasonal Mean Monsoon Rainfallclick here
  • Vulnerability of the Forests of Meghalaya to Climate Change: At the request of the Meghalaya State Government, we jointly carried out a study with the forest department of the state to assess the current state of the forests and biodiversity in Meghalaya and in identifying priority areas for conservation interventions: click here
  • Multi-criteria Sustainability Assessment of Coal and Solar Power Generation in India: This study compares coal and solar power generation with respect to a set of seven sustainability criteria. The analysis shows that electrical power from solar plant is more affordable than power from coalclick here
  • Potential climate implications of elevated layers of soot from high-altitude aircraft emissions: This publication finds elevated soot at high altitude due to aircraft emissions click here
  • Increasing frequency and spatial extent of concurrent meteorological droughts and heat waves in India: This paper examined the concurrent occurrence of heat waves and droughts in during the period May to October over 1951-2010 click here
  • Rail coaches with rooftop solar photovoltaic systems: A feasibility study’click here
  • Forecast of solar power a key to power management and environmental protection click here
  • Origin of path independence between Cumulative CO2 emissions and global warming click here
  • Variability of Glaciers and Snow Cover The full list of publications from our GRP in 2017 could be accessed here: click here

Contact :

Prof. S.K. Satheesh


Divecha Centre for Climate Change

and Director

South Asia Regional Office of Future Earth

Indian Institute of Science


Contact no:080-22933070