PhD - Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry and University of Hamburg, Germany | Institute of Photonic Sciences and Universitat Polytecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies School of Interwoven Arts & Sciences
Chirag is a quantum turned climate physicist holding two doctorates: one in Earth System Science (2017) from the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry and University of Hamburg, Germany and the other in Photonics (2013) from the Institute of Photonic Sciences and Universitat Polytecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Prior to joining Krea, he spent two years as a Research Associate at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM). He co-authored India's first comprehensive climate change assessment report released by IITM in June, 2020 (as an official report of the Ministry of Earth Science). He is also a contributing author for the upcoming IPCC AR6 report (2021). In 2018-2019, he freelanced for Firstpost, a digital news portal, writing on climate change science and impacts.
The escalating climate and ecological crises are increasingly posing an existential threat to life on Earth. The roots of these problems are profligate resource exploitation and pollution that are inherent to the prevailing economic system that prioritises growth at all costs. It is these issues that Prof Dhara's work focuses on. Prof Dhara primarily works on climate science and modelling. His areas of research are atmospheric thermodynamic models, radiation and convection, climate and hydrologic sensitivity, impact of aerosols (air pollution) on global and regional precipitation and near-term climate change projections. He has several other areas of interest such as climate change impacts and mitigation, planetary pressures of anthropogenic activities and sustainability, among others.
------------------------------------ Book chapters: ------------------------------------ 1. R. Krishnan et al. (2020). Introduction to Climate Change Over the Indian Region. In: Krishnan R., Sanjay J., Gnanaseelan C., Mujumdar M., Kulkarni A., Chakraborty S. (eds) Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region. Springer, Singapore 2. C. Dhara, R. Krishnan, D. Niyogi (2020). Possible Climate Change Impacts and Policy-Relevant Messages. In: Krishnan R., Sanjay J., Gnanaseelan C., Mujumdar M., Kulkarni A., Chakraborty S. (eds) Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region. Springer, Singapore 3. M.K. Roxy et al. (2020). Indian Ocean Warming. In: Krishnan R., Sanjay J., Gnanaseelan C., Mujumdar M., Kulkarni A., Chakraborty S. (eds) Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region. Springer, Singapore 4. R. Krishnan and C. Dhara (2020). Executive Summary. In: Krishnan R., Sanjay J., Gnanaseelan C., Mujumdar M., Kulkarni A., Chakraborty S. (eds) Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region. Springer, Singapore 5. C. Dhara and V. Singh (2021; forthcoming - In press). The elephant in the room: Why transformative education must address the problem of endless exponential economic growth. In: Iyengar, R. and Kwauk, C. (Eds.), Charting an SDG 4.7 roadmap for radical, transformative change in the midst of climate breakdown. Brill Publishers. Preprint: arXiv:2101.07467 [econ.GN] ------------------------------------ Journal publications: ------------------------------------ 1. C. Dhara, and N.D. Hari Dass (2005), Optimal measurements and fixed-point maps, Physical Review A 72, 024102. 2. L. Aolita, D. Cavalcanti, R. Chavez, C. Dhara, L. Davidovich, A. Acin (2010), Noisy evolution of graph-state entanglement, Phys. Rev. A 82, 032317. 3. C. Dhara, L. Masanes, S. Pironio, A. Acin (2011), Security of device-independent quantum key distribution protocols, Proc. of Theory of Quantum Computation, Communication and Cryptography 2011. 4. R.Gallego, L.Masanes, G.delaTorre, C.Dhara, L.Aolita and A.Acin(2013),Full randomness from arbitrarily deterministic events, Nature Communications 4:2654. 5. C. Dhara, G. Prettico and A. Acin (2013), Maximal quantum randomness in Bell tests, Phys. Rev. A 88, 052116. 6. C. Dhara, G. de la Torre and A. Acin (2014), Can observed randomness be certified to be fully intrinsic?, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 100402. 7. G. de la Torre, M. Hoban, C. Dhara, G. Prettico and A. Acin (2015), Maximally nonlocal theories cannot be maximally random, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 160502. 8. Dhara, C., Renner, M. and Kleidon, A. (2016), Broad climatological variation of surface energy balance partitioning across land and ocean predicted from the maximum power limit, Geophysical Research Letters, 43(14). 9. Dhara, C. (2020), Constraining Global Changes in Temperature and Precipitation From Observable Changes in Surface Radiative Heating, Geophysical Research Letters, 47(9).
1. The Climate Solution: Book review (2018), Firstpost. https://www.firstpost.com/living/the-climate-solution-by-mridula-ramesh-an-important-book-on-climate-change-tailored-to-india-4824801.html 2. IPCC REPORT ANALYSIS: THE 0.5-DEG DIFFERENCE IN WARMING THAT COULD IMPACT MILLIONS (2018), Firstpost. https://www.firstpost.com/tech/science/ipcc-report-analysis-the-0-5-deg-difference-in-warming-that-could-impact-millions-5366111.html 3. IPCC REPORT ANALYSIS: What makes India so vulnerable to climate change? (2018), Firstpost. https://www.firstpost.com/tech/science/ipcc-report-analysis-what-makes-india-particularly-vulnerable-to-climate-change-5383071.html 4. IPCC REPORT ANALYSIS: The challenge of emissions reduction (2018), Firstpost. https://www.firstpost.com/tech/science/ipcc-report-analysis-what-itll-take-to-avert-an-impending-global-warming-fiasco-5389581.html 5. West Bengal’s climate change conundrum: Why Kolkata is more heat-stressed than other megacities (2019), Firstpost. https://www.firstpost.com/india/west-bengals-climate-change-conundrum-why-kolkata-is-more-heat-stressed-than-other-megacities-6106581.html 6. West Bengal’s climate change conundrum Part II: Changing rainfall patterns have left Kolkata vulnerable to flooding; here’s why (2019), Firstpost. https://www.firstpost.com/india/west-bengals-climate-change-conundrum-part-ii-changing-rainfall-patterns-have-left-kolkata-vulnerable-to-flooding-heres-why-6112851.html 7. West Bengal’s climate change conundrum Part III: Extraordinarily rapid sea-level rise in Sundarbans turns families into refugees (2019), Firstpost. https://www.firstpost.com/india/west-bengals-climate-change-conundrum-part-iii-extraordinarily-rapid-sea-level-rise-in-sundarbans-turns-families-into-refugees-6120781.html 8. West Bengal’s climate change conundrum Part IV: How intensifying cyclones threaten Sundarbans’ way of life (2019), Firstpost. https://www.firstpost.com/india/west-bengals-climate-change-conundrum-part-iv-how-intensifying-cyclones-threaten-sundarbans-way-of-life-6128361.html 9. West Bengal’s climate change conundrum Part V: Erratic seasons exacerbating physiological, psychosomatic problems in human beings (2019), Firstpost. https://www.firstpost.com/india/west-bengals-climate-change-conundrum-part-v-erratic-seasons-exacerbating-physiological-psychosomatic-problems-in-human-beings-6135931.html 10. Is Cyclone Fani a result of global warming? (2019), Firstpost. https://www.firstpost.com/tech/science/is-cyclone-fani-a-result-of-global-warming-a-climate-scientist-has-the-answer-6538161.html 11. Cleaning India’s air pollution - damned if we don’t, damned if we do? (2020), Firstpost. https://www.firstpost.com/tech/science/world-environment-day-2020-cleaning-indias-air-pollution-damned-damned-dont-6593381.html 12. What the exponential growth of COVID-19 helps us learn about another blind spot or two (2020), The Hindu. https://www.thehindu.com/thread/science-health-environment/what-the-exponential-growth-of-covid-19-helps-us-learn-about-another-bias-or-two/article31300069.ece 13. The Delusion of Infinite Economic Growth (2021), Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-delusion-of-infinite-economic-growth/