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April 2017

Earth Day celebration at IITM

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22 by all the Institutes and offices under Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Govt. of India. The Theme of this years’ Earth Day is “Sustainable Earth”.   Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune celebrated Earth Day on 22 April 2017. As a part of the celebrations, Climate Quiz, Drawing, Elocution, Skit / Mono-act play  competitions were held for the school children of various age groups. Around 200 students from different schools participated in various competitions. Scientific posters in regional languages were displayed by IITM scientists.

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A Training Workshop on Lightning and Extreme Weather Events during 4-7 April 2017 at IITM

The main aim of the workshop is to create awareness about the above natural hazards among the officials involved in disaster managements and to educate about the precautions that may to be taken to decrease the losses. The intended participants of this workshop are officials in disaster management of various state Governments.

Scientists from IITM and IMD would impart training to these participants. The scopes of the workshop include lectures, visit to laboratories and online training on use of available software to visualize lightning.

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US Embassy appreciated IITM for conducting Workshop

US Embassy  appreciated  IITM for successfully conducting the Workshop on Development and Applications of Downscaling Climate Projections during 7-9 March 2017 under the U.S. – India partnership for climate resilience.

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March 2017

Ninth Southern Ocean Expedition

As a part of the 9th Southern Ocean Expedition, the team from India was invited to meet the President of Mauritius, her excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim. The team led by the Chief Scientist Dr. Sarat Tripathy (NCAOR) and Deputy Chief Scientist Dr. Anoop Mahajan (IITM)  discussed about the expedition and  its major scientific objectives. The High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, Mr. Abhay Thakur was also present during the meeting.

INDO-US Workshop on Downscaling at IITM

As part of the INDO-US Partnership for Climate Resilience, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) , Pune , U.S. Department of State, and others from the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information are working in a series of workshops and collaborations to advance capacity for climate adaptation planning in India.  The first in a series of workshops is focused on techniques for downscaling climate information and opportunities for sharing available downscaled information to local planners in India. This “Workshop on Development and Applications of Downscaling Climate Projections”  scheduled on March 7-9, 2017 was organized by Center for Climate Change Research,  at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, India.

The workshop focused on sharing expertise in climate modeling and downscaling between Indian and US experts; present downscaled international climate model data for the Indian sub-continent, including NASA Earth Exchange Global Daily Downscaled Projections (NEX-GDDP) and IITM Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX) program for South Asia ; engage and share experience in the applications of downscaled climate information to inform decision making, including discussions on the State Action Plan Development and identify collaborative research opportunities for developing additional high-resolution climate datasets for the Indian Sub-continent and approaches for their use in climate adaptation planning.

The participation in the workshop was by invitation. For details contact Dr Ashwini Kulkarni  at the address /

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Prof. Marianne T. Lund and Dr. Bjørn H. SamsetResearch Directors, CICERO Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo, NORWAY, are on visit to IITM. They will deliver a seminar on “Precipitation and response model inter-comparision Project (PDRMIR)-Climate Research at CICERO on 7th March 2017 at IITM.

Dr. Alexandru Rap, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, UK  is on visit to IITM. He delivered a talk on  “Aerosol and ozone radiative effects"on 24th March 2017 at IITM.

February 2017


Dr. Ibrahim Hoteit, Physical Sciences and Engineering Division, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia visited IITM. He delivered a lecture on “A Data-Driven Modelling System for Studying and Forecasting the Circulation and Climate of the Red Sea”  on 1st February 2017 at IITM.

National Science Day 2017 celebrations

IITM celebrated National Science day 2017 as an open day on 28th February at its premises. Students from various schools and colleges, and public in general visited the institute on this occasion. Visitors were taken on guided tour to different laboratories and facilities at the institute. IITM scientists and researchers demonstrated and explained different aspects of weather and climate sciences to these visitors.

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January 2017

COSMOS soil moisture sensor launched at IITM
A new cutting-edge Cosmic-ray Soil Moisture Observation System (COSMOS) has been launched by Prof. V.K. Gaur, Distinguished Scientist, CSIR Fourth Paradigm Institute, Bangalore & Chairman, Governing Council, IITM on 31 January 2017.  A network of field-scale soil moisture monitoring stations is being developed across India (COSMOS-India) under the NERC-MoES program using cosmic-ray soil moisture sensors (CRS). The IITM CRS is the latest addition to the COSMOS-India network. Other COSMOS-India network sites are located in southern Karnataka (3 sites), Dharwad (1 site) and Kanpur (1 site). Additional sites will be added to the network over the coming months. 

A dedicated Hydrometeorology Research Unit (HMRU) has been set up at the Centre for Climate Change Research (CCCR), IITM. The HMRU will coordinate the development and implementation of observational and modeling activities in parternership with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) UK, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, and University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Dharwad. The COSMOS-India project will engage climate scientists and hydrologists to enhance the knowledge base on water balance components (e.g., precipitation, evapotranspiration, soil moisture and runoff etc.), and to develop a national Hydrological Outlook for India.

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MoES Press Release regarding the commissioning of the high resolution Weather Prediction Model

A press release has been issued in regard of very high resolution GFS T1534 (12.5km) model forecast operationalization on the Press Information Bureau site of Govt. of India. Also it shows the integration of scientific research work and services across the MoES Institutions.

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Dr. R. Krishnan, Acting Director, IITM has been elected as a prestigious Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences 2017

Since the inception of  Indian Academy of Sciences  in the year 1934, nearly 2000 of the leading  scientists of India (as well as some from outside India) have been elected Fellows of the Indian Academy of Sciences. Along with the other academies of the country,  Indian Academy of Sciences  plays a major role in furthering the cause of science in the country.  Accordingly, Fellows of the Academy not only act as  spokespersons for their disciplines, but also for science.

The Academy publishes 10 scientific journals on different  subjects. Every year two meetings are held; the mid-year  meeting in July, usually held in Bengaluru, and an annual meeting held around November in different parts of the country.   Apart from this, the Academy also organizes several discussion meetings on important topics of scientific interest. Detailed information of these activities is available on official website of the Academy.

In order to encourage talented young scientists, the Academy  has a programme of selecting a few outstanding among them as Associates each year. The Academy also has an extensive and active science education programme in which the Fellowship and  the scientific community of the country play an important role.

Dr. Gufran Beig, Project Director, SAFAR, has been awarded as Honorary Professorship at the Amity University

Dr. Gufran Beig, Scientist "G" & Project Director, SAFAR, has been honoured with title “Honorary Professorship”  at the Amity University by the Academic Council and the Board of Management of the Amity University  during the 8th Convocation of the university held on 21 January 2017

Dr A. K. Sahai assumed additional charge of Head, Office of Climate Research and Services, IMD Pune

Dr A. K. Sahai (Scientist G & Project Director, Monsoon Mission at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune) assumed an additional charge of full functional Head of the Office of Climate Research and Services, India Meteorological Department, Pune on 1st January 2017. The Office of Climate Research and Services, IMD has been created by merging Additional Director General of Meteorology (Research) office, Dy Director General of Meteorology (Weather Forecasting) including training division, Dy Director General of Meteorology (Agriculture meteorology), Dy Director General of Meteorology (Climatology) and Dy Director General of Meteorology (Surface Instrumentation). The office of Climate Research and Services, IMD will function to roll out Climate Services for the country under the aegis of the Global Framework for Climate Services framework of the World Meteorological Organisation.

Environmental Awareness Event by ENVIS-IITM  on 16-Jan-2017 to mark 'National Forest Conservation Day'

ENVIS-IITM organized Environmental Awareness Event on the occasion of "National Forest Conservation Day" on 16th January 2017 (Monday) at IITM, Pune. On this occasion Public Lecture on “Forest Conservation and Sustainable Development” by eminent scientist Dr. Rahul Mungikar, Senior Research Consultant, Maharashtra State Biodiversity Board, Pune, is arranged. Various competitions such as Drawing, Best out of waste, Essay writing and Elocution competitions for the school students for standard 5th to 11th are arranged.
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International Workshop on Representation of Physical Processes in Weather and Climate Model

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Prof. Atul Jain, Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, USA is on visit to IITM. He will deliver a seminar on “The Implications of Growing Bioenergy Crops on Water Resources, Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics in the United States”  on 12th January 2017 at IITM.

Prof. Wojciech W. Grabowski, Senior Scientist from NCAR is on visit to IITM. He will be in the Institute until 10th January 2017. He delivered a talk on  “Modeling condensation in cloud-scale models”  on 9th January 2017 at IITM. He had discussions with IITM scientists.