Absolute Rankings were built where all the activity outputs produced by the think tank in 2012 were considered in absolute terms .The two categories were European and Global.
While a single event such as what was experienced in Uttarakhand recently cannot be directly attributed to climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has clearly projected an increase in the frequency and intensity of heat waves as well as extreme precipitation events, TERI said.
For a country like India, scientific research on all aspects of climate change has now acquired increasing priority, it added.
R.K. Pachauri, Director General, TERI said "Manifestations of climate change are becoming apparent on the basis of observations and assessments carried out by the scientific community. Countries and communities across the world would not only have to adapt to the impacts of climate change but also take in hand measures to mitigate emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), so that globally we are able to limit temperature increase and associated impacts of climate change.
"Actions in both these categories will have to be guided by extensive research, climate modeling capabilities and assessments of economically viable and technologically feasible solutions," he said.
"It is in this context that the ranking of think tanks working in the field of climate change is an important piece of information for the global community. It is particularly relevant and a matter of a great pride for India to see that TERI has been ranked right at the top in the ICCG Climate Think Tank Ranking," added Pachauri.
Global Rankings included the think tanks working in the field of climate change, economics and policy with headquarters outside the European Union.
They were assessed on the basis of 5 indicators namely-events; authors in IPCC Reports; UNFCCC submissions; articles in peer-reviewed journals, and non-peer reviewed publications under two main pillars, "Activities" and "Publications".
European Rankings included the think tanks working in the field of climate change economics and policy based in the European Union.
They were assessed on the basis of 7 indicators namely-events; authors in IPCC Reports; UNFCCC submissions; EU projects; EU consultations; articles in peer-reviewed journals and non-peer reviewed publications under two main pillars, "Activities" and "Publications".
Besides TERI, the other think- tanks that featured in the absolute ranking list were Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs; Woods Hole Research Centre; Resources for the Future; Princeton Environmental Institute, etc.
The first edition of the ICCG Climate Think Tank Ranking assessed a selection of the main think tanks included in the Think Tank Map observatory as of December, 2012.
The report also revealed that the Standardized Rankings were divided into two categories - European and Global, and all the activity outputs of a think tank in 2012 were standardized by the number of its researchers.
The other think tanks that participated from India were Council on Energy, Environment and Water; Ashoka Trust for Research and Ecology; Gujarat Ecology Society; Centre for Policy and Research, etc.
--IBNS (Posted on 11-07-2013)