The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune is celebrating its 47th Foundation Day on 17th November 2008 at its premises at Pashan. Prof. Sulochana Gadgil, Honorary Professor, Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore will be the Chief Guest of the function and Prof. R. Ramesh, Senior Professor, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad will be the Guest of Honour. The programme will commence at 10 a.m. In addition to the main function, the programme includes presentation of awards and prizes to the eligible employees, followed by Foundation Day Lecture on "Quantifying Carbon Transfer in Oceans using Nitrogen Isotopes" by Prof. R. Ramesh and inauguration of the Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. The celebration programme will be concluded with the cultural programme arranged in the evening.
The Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, has offered a position of 'INSA Senior Scientist' to
Dr A.K. Kamra, currently working as Emeritus Scientist at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology,
Under this program, INSA utilizes the expertise of active superannuated Fellows of the Academy involved in high quality research in their specialized disciplines in recognized R&D Centre/University/ Institution in India. The position carries with it an honorarium of Rs 20,000/- per month and contingency of Rs 50,000/- per annum and is for 5 years.
Dr Kamra has made important contributions in the fields of Atmospheric Electricity, Cloud Physics, Lightning and Atmospheric Aerosols and his work is well recognized internationally. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore and Indian Meteorological Society. He is a recipient of several national/international awards. He has represented India in 3 Sessions of Commission for Atmospheric Sciences of the World Meteorological Organization, Geneva. Dr Kamra has served on various national committees of the DST, CSIR and ISRO.
The paper entitled "Aerosol radiative forcing during dust events over New Delhi, India, by Pandithurai, G. et.al., Journal of Geophysical Research, 2008, 113, D13209, doi:10.1029/2008JD009804, has been included in the list of RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS of NASA
Using an autonomous Dual polariztion Micro Pulse Lidar(DPMPL) which has been installed for first time in Asia at Institute some novel results related to the profiling of tropical aerosols and cloud parameters are included in the paper entitled "Mobile Lidar Profiling of Tropical Aerosols and Clouds" by Devara P.C.S. et.al., Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, Vol. 25, 1288-1295
As a mark of recognizing Technical Excellence in the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India, decided to award the Certificate of Merit for the year 2008, to Dr. G. Beig towards his significant contribution in the fields of Ocean Sciences and Atmospheric Sciences in previous year. The award was given to him on the occassion of MoES Foundation Day celebration on 27 July 2008
Dr. K. Krishna Kumar has been selected by WMO for conferring the Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award for the year 2009 for his paper entitled "Unraveling the Mystery of Indian Monsoon Failure during El Nino" coauthored by Rajagopalan B., Hoerling M., Bates G., Cabe M., published in Science in October 2006, volume 314, 115-118.
Prof. B.N. Goswami, Director I.I.T.M., has been awarded "The Kalpathi Ramakrishna Ramanathan Medal" for the year 2008 by Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi.
Two IITM Scientists viz., Dr. G.B. Pant, Former Director & Scientist 'H' and Dr. Rupa Kumar Kolli Scientist 'F' (presently, Chief, World Climate Applications & Services Division, World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland ) have been declared to be the admirable contributors of the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2007 which was bestowed on the IPCC. IPCC has sent the Honour to Dr. G. B. Pant and Dr. Rupa Kumar Kolli.
Dr. Kolli received a letter from Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Government of India, recognizing his contribution to the work of United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
IITM is celebrating Earth Day on 22 April 2008. Students are invited to join the celebrations. On this occassion three types of competitions viz. Poster Painting, cartoon, slogan writing are arranged at IITM campus.
Research Paper entitled A wind tunnel investigation of the deformation of water drops in the vertical and horizontal electric fields" by Bhalwankar R. V., Kamra A.K., J. Geophysical Research, vol. 112, D10215, doi:10.1029/2006JD007863, 2007 has been selected by American Geophysical Union for publication in its online version of a Virtual journal, Editor's choice: Atmospheric and Space Electricity
A one day workshop on "Climate Change" for Teachers, organized by Indian Meteorological Society, Pune Chapter will be held in the Varahamihira Hall of IITM on 12 July 2008. An objective of this workshop is to help teachers gain sufficient insight on climate change so that they can gradually impart a sense of social responsibility towards the environment amongst their students. More information is available in the brochure. Correspondence in this regard may be addressed to : Mr. V.K. Soni (firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 09420481541) OR Mr. S. Mahapatra (email@example.com, Mobile: 09860477538)
Dr. G.Beig has been nominated as a member of Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IAGC) Project of International Geosphere-Biopshere Programme (IGBP) and International Commission for Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (CACGP) for the period 1 January 2008 - 31 December 2010. The Scientific Steering Committee has a wide range of responsibility for overseeing the IGAC Project.
Research Paper entitled "Measurements of positive ions and air-Earth current density at Maitri, Antarctica" by Dr. Devendraa Siingh et.al., J. Geophysical Res. (Atmosphere), vol.112, No. D13, D13212 10.1029/2006JD008 and another research paper entitled "Seasonal variation of the mesospheric inversion layer, thunderstorms and mesospheric ozone over India", by Fadnavis S., et.al., J. of Geophysical Research, vol.112, D15305, doi:10.1029/2006JD008379, 2007 have been selected by American Geophysical Union for publication in its online version of a virtual journal, Editor's choice: Atmospheric and Space Electricity
Two research papers of IITM scientists, published in 2007 in Journal of Geophysical Research have been selected by AGU for its virtual journal Editor's Choice-Atmospheric and Space Electricity. The paper entitled "The end-of-storm-oscillation in tropical air-mass thunderstorms", Pawar S.D. and Kamra A.K., J. Geophys. Res., 112, D03204, doi:10.1029/2005/ 2005JD006997, 2007, and another paper entitled "Evolution of lightining in an isolated ailstorm of moderate size in the tropics", Kamra A.K. and Pawar S.D.,J. Geophys. Res., 112, D20205, doi:10.1029/ 2006JD007820, 2007
Research Paper by IITM scientist Dr. Devendraa Siingh et. al. has been listed as one of the TOP 25 Hottest articles for the year-2007 (Current July - September 2007) on the top25.sciencedirect.com website, titled "The atmospheric global electric circuit - An overview", published in Journal of Atmospheric Research, 2007, vol. 84, pp.91-110
Dr. P.C. Devara has been elected as President of the Executive Committee of the Aerosol Science and Technolgy Association (IASTA), and Dr. P.E. Raj and Dr. P.S.P. Rao as Members. IASTA is the only professional scientific association dedicated for research in all aspects of aerosols and gases in country. All the three scientists have been elected unanimously.
A research paper entitled "Field studies of scavenging of aerosols by rain events" by Chate D.M., Pranesha T.S, Journal of Aerosol Science, 35, 695-706, 2004 has been listed as one of the Top 25 Hottest articles for the year July-September 2004 in ScienceDirect and Most requested research articles in Elsevier publication.
The IITM Research Report entitled "Influence of El Nino on the Biennial and Annual Rossby waves propagation in the Indian Ocean with special emphasis on Indian Ocean Dipole" by Vaid B.H., Gnanaseelan C., Polito P.S. and Salvekar P.S., RR-109, 2006 has been cited in theUNDP HDR 2007/2008, Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World, ISBN 978-0-230-54704-9, The Human Development Report 2007/2008 published by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The report tackles climate change.
Research Paper by IITM scientist Dr. Devendraa Siingh et. al. has been listed as one of the TOP 25 Hottest articles for the year-2005 (Apr-Jun 05) on the top25.sciencedirect.com website, titled "Review of electromagnetic coupling between the Earth's atmosphere and space environment", published in Journal of Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial Physics, 2005, vol.67, pp.637-658
Four Atlases have been developed under a project
"Atlas of Spatial variations of moisture regions and rainfall of India during 19th and 20th Century"