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December 2010  

SERC school on “Global Warming and Climate Change” 

SERC school on “Global Warming and Climate Change”  of the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, New Delhi is being organized and hosted by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, during 1-21 December 2010. The School aims to provide an overview of the science of climate change and current advancement in the field to the young academicians, researchers and the postgraduates involved in this field. The SERC School was inaugurated by  Dr. R. R. Kelkar, Director General, IMD (Retd.) and Chairman, Research Advisory Committee and Member, Governing Council, IITM on 1st December 2010.

The Valedictory Function for the SERC School on Global Warming and Climate Change was held on 21 December 2010.  Prof. Arun K. Attri,  School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University,  New Delhi, was the chief guest of this function.

Key role of IITM in Monsoon Mission

President Barack Obama’s visit has taken forward the country's "Monsoon Mission", in which Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) will play a key role.  

Click here for article about monsoon mission in the Indian Express.


Prof. D. R. Sikka, Former Director of IITM (1986-1992) delivered a seminar on "Scope of scientific collaborations in Earth Sciences between India and Russia" on 1st December 2010.

Padma Bhushan Prof. Madhav Gadgil, Renowned ecologist and  Founder of Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, visited the Institute and delivered a seminar on "Ecology and Climate Change" on 8th December 2010.

Dr. J. Vivekanandan, Earth Observing Laboratory, NCAR, Boulder, Colorado, USA, visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Cloud Radar and Lidar Instruments for Sensing Aerosol and Clouds" in IITM on 10th December 2010.

Prof. Arun K. Attri, Professor, School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi is visiting IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Global Warming" " on 20th December 2010.

Dr. Vikram Khade, Post Doc. Naval Reserach Lab. & UCAR, U.S.A.(PhD from MIT & working on Application of Ensemble Kalman Filter to Mesoscale models), is on visit to IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Ensemble based state and parameter estimation in COAMPS-aerosol model"  in IITM.

Award and Honor to IITM scientists

  • The paper entitled “Climate Change Impact on Tree Growth: A Dendroclimatic analysis of conifers from Western Himalaya” by H.P. Borgaonkar and A.B.Sikder has been awarded as BEST POSTER PAPER AWARD (FIRST) presented in the “Second International Conference on Climate Change and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources” held at IASCA, ITM Universe, Gwalior, M.P. during 5-7 December 2010. The paper was presented by Shri A.B. Sikder.
  • Dr. (Smt.) S. Fadnavis,  has been selected as top Authors by the Earth Sciences Publishing Team, AGU and  Elsevier. (See more)
  • Shri Alok Sagar Gautam has been awarded With "BUDAUN SHREE" by the "Dr. Urmilesh Jan Chetna Samiti Budaun", Budaun, for his participitation in the 28th Indian Scientific Expedition To Antarctica. The award was given to him on 13 November 2010 in Budaun Mahotsava at Buduan, Uttar Pradesh. (See in Badaun News, Amar Ujala)


 November 2010  

IITM scientist honored by FAPAS fellowship

IITM Scientist Dr. P.C.S. Devara, Advisor/Scientist "G" and Head, Physical Meteorology and Aerology Division was elected as FELLOW of the Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences (FAPAS) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Science and Technology.  He received this honor in an Induction Ceremony organized at the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad (JNTUH), Hyderabad on 19 November 2010.

IITM scientist achieved CSI Award

Computer Society of India (CSI) has conferred its "Significant Contribution Award for the year 2010" on IITM Scientist Shri M.K. Tandon. CSI presented this award on 25th November 2010 during the proceedings of its Annual Convention held during 25-27 November 2010 in Mumbai. (See More ...)

 49th Foundation Day Celebration of the Institute

The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune celebrated its 49th Foundation Day on 17th November 2010.  Prof. P.C. Pandey, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur and Member , Governing Council of IITM, was the Chief Guest of the function and Prof. Manmohan Sarin, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad and Member, Research Advisory Council, IITM was the Guest of Honour.

In addition to the main function, the programme included presentation of awards and prizes to the eligible employees. The Annual Excellent Performance Award was presented to Shri S. P. Hasnale, Shri G. M. Jambhale and Smt. D.J. Titkare in Technical, Administrative and Multi skilled staff category respectively.

The IITM Annual 21st Silver Jubilee Award-2008 and 22nd Silver Jubilee Award-2009 was presented to Dr. A.K. Sahai and Dr. R. Krishnan respectively. The  Best Student Paper Award was presented to Kum. Sushmita Joseph, Kum. Neena Joseph Mani, Shri E. Suhas and J. S. Chowdary.

Anandu Vernekar Scholarship to a Girl Student of Economically Backward Employee of IITM was presented to Kum. Monica  S. Jadhav, daughter of Shri S.M. Jadhav and Kum. Akshada S. Dandekar, daughter of Shri S.N. Dandekar.
After presentation of mementos to dignitaries, Prof. M. Sarin delivered the Foundation Day Lecture on "Atmospheric Nanoparticles : Potential Role in Chemistry-Climate Interaction". Silver Jubilee Award 2008 Lecture was delivered by Dr. A.K. Sahai on his paper entitled "Objective identification of Nonlinear Convectively coupled phases of monsoon intraseasonal oscillaiton: Implications for prediction" and Silver Jubilee Award 2009 Lecture was delivered by Dr. R. Krishnan on his paper entitled "Internal Feedbacks from Monsoon–Midlatitude Interactions during Droughts in the Indian Summer Monsoon". The function was concluded by a Cultural Programme in the evening.

Asia Pacific Network (APN) Conference at IITM

Asia Pacific Network (APN) Conference conducted by IITM during 1-5 November 2010 at the Institute is focusing on Asia Pacific Network (APN) initiatives on South Asia Proposal Development Training Workshop (PDTW)  and   South Asia Sub-Regional Co-operation (SA-SRC) Meeting during 1-2 November 2010 followed  by Workshop on Downscaling of South Asian Climate Projection during 3-5 November 2010.



October 2010  

Observance of Vigilance Awareness Week in IITM

The Institute is observing Vigilance Awareness Week during 25 October -1 November 2010.  On this occasion, employees of the Institute would take pledge on 25th October 2010. An essay competition is arranged on 27th October 2010. As a part of Vigilance Awareness Week, Dr. Girish J. Phatak, Scientist E, Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-Met), will be giving a lecture on 29th October 2010. The prizes to the winners of the essay competition on vigilance would also be awarded on this occasion.


Dr. Vinu Valsala, National Institute of Environmental Sciences (NIES), Tsukuba, Japan visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Simulation and assimilation of global ocean pCO2 and air-sea CO2 fluxes using ship observations of surface ocean pCO2 in a simplified biogeochemical offline model" on 27th October 2010 in IITM.


September 2010

Inauguration and press releases regarding SAFAR for CWG-2010

Press releases by MoES and Organising Committee XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi for Air Quality Forecasting System (SAFAR) developed by Dr. G. Beig and his team  for the Commonwealth Games 2010: 

Please see the links regarding the  Inauguration of  System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR)  at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Wednesday, 22 September 2010.

 Hindi Week Celebration at the Institute

IITM will celebrate the Hindi Week from 14 September to 21 September 2010. During the week the competitions will be organized on the diverse subjects. (Click for more information)


Prof. Raghu Murtugudde, Professor,Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, University of Maryland, USA, visited the Institute. He delivered a seminar on "Regional Earth System prediction: a decision-making tool for sustainability" on 16th September 2010.

Dr. Prosenjit Ghosh, Assistant Professor, Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, visited the Institute. He delivered a seminar on "Popularization of new Air CO2 Isotopic Scale - Present Status and Update" on 17th September 2010.


August 2010   

National science workshop on the on Advances in Science of Climate Change and Indian Monsoon

A national science workshop on the on Advances in Science of Climate Change and Indian Monsoon was organized at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune  (IITM) during  31 August – 01 September, 2010 on behalf of the Ministry of Earth Sciences and the IITM. The objective of the workshop was to address outstanding scientific issues in the context of regional climate change, identify gap areas and propose directions for future research.  Attendance is by invitation

 Inhouse Comprehensive Training in Atmospheric Science 

The fourth batch of the Comprehensive Training in Atmospheric Science - First Phase (for the students of IITM - Research Fellows, Project Fellows etc. and newly joined employees) started from 16th August 2010 and will be over in the last week of December 2010. This Training Course covers: (i)  Mathematics for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, (ii)  Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere (iii)  Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I (iv)  General Circulation and Climate  (v)  Computer Programming.

Announcement of a mini course on 'Clouds in Low Latitudes'

Prof. Robert Houze, an eminent scientist, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, USA and an authority in Clouds Physics and Dynamics visited the Institute during 2 -17 August 2010 as Distinguished Visiting Professor. Prof. Houze leads a research team at the UW called the Mesoscale Group. He and his group have participated in many international field projects employing weather radar and aircraft in the tropics and midlatitudes. He delivered a series of lectures on above topic. (see more about Prof. Hauze)

Click here for Tentative Schedule of lectures and discussions by Prof. Hauze.     


Prof. Teruyuki Nakajima, Director, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI), Center for Earth System Dynamics (CESD), Chiba, Japan visited the Institute. He delivered a seminar on "Importance of the Surface Sun-sky measurements and its modeling for understanding the Climate effects of aerosols" on 13th August 2010.

Dr. Axisa Dunkun, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), USA, is on visit to IITM from 30 August 2010. He is going to deliver a series of informative lectures about Aircraft instruments used for CAIPEEX phase II. 


July 2010 

MoES Award to IITM Scientist 

The Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India,  awarded the Certificate of Merit for the year 2010, to IITM scientist Dr. A. Suryachandra Rao for his outstanding contribution in the field of Atmospheric Sciences. (Read more ... )

First World-Class Doppler Wind Lidar in India installed at IITM

A world-class, ultra-high space-time resolution and portable Doppler Wind Lidar  (Leosphere Model WindCube200) was successfully installed and commissioned at the Institute on 12 July 2010 for the first time in the country, and it occupies 25th place in the world.

This 1.54 micron eye-safe lidar system can probe 3-dimensional wind field in all weather conditions (including rain, fog, snow etc.) from surface up to 12 km and beyond, using atmospheric aerosol particles and cloud droplets as tracers/targets.  Thus this versatile compact (weighing about 65 kg) system provides simultaneous wind and aerosol backscatter profiles in clear-sky  as well as within the cloud at spatial resolution of 20-50 m and time resolution of 1 second from land, ocean and in complex terrains using suitable platforms. 

In this connection, a training session involving the operation, performance and capabilities of the Wind Lidar, was organized on 13-14 July 2010 at the Institute.

The Asian Monsoon Years (AMY 2007-2012)

The 7th AMY Workshop was organized in the campus of IITM on 10 July 2010. AMY integrates existing national and international research programs in the Asian monsoon regions. Currently, AMY has involved 24 national and multi-national projects and a total of 24 participating organizations. Many South Asian Countries' participants attended this workshop and shared their views. The Asian Monsoon Years (AMY 2007-2012) is a cross-cutting initiative as part of the International Monsoon Study (IMS), a coordinated observation and modeling effort under the leadership of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). The long-term goal of AMY is to improve Asian monsoon prediction for societal benefits through coordinated efforts to improve our understanding of Asian monsoon variability and predictability. It is believed that coordination and cooperation of individual participating and partner projects will greatly facilitate the efforts to reach this goal. 


Ms. Surabhi Menon, LBNL, Berkeley, CA 94720, visited the Institute. She delivered a seminar on "Short Term Offsets to Greenhouse Gas warming" on 1 July 2010.

Dr. Dimitris Kaskaoutis, Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development, National Observatory of Athens, Greece, visited the Institute. He delivered a seminar on "Effects of aerosols in our changing planet" on 16 July 2010

Mr. James Anderson of AWS Convergence Technologies Inc, USA visited the Institute and he will give a presentation on Lightning Detection System on 30 July 2010.


June 2010

Refresher Course in Atmospheric Sciences

A two-week Refresher Course on ‘Frontiers in Atmospheric Sciences’ for college/university teachers and post-graduate students has been conducted at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pashan, Pune, during 14 to 25 June 2010.

This Refresher course is sponsored by Indian  Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi and The National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad.

For more information contact on email  Telephone: 020-25904283

The list of selected candidates and the candidates on waiting list

Accommodation arrangement for the participants of Refresher Course 


  • Dr. Sandip Pal, Institute of Physics and Meteorology, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany visited the Institute. He delivered a seminar on "Application of ground-based, mobile scanning LIDAR systems for 3-D measurememts of aerosol, temperature and moisture distributions in the atmospheric boundary layer and lower free atmosphere" on 1st June 2010.

I.I.T.M. is Listed in Worlds Top 500 Super Computing site

The HPC System is Ranked 94th in position across the world and Second in the country. The HPC is named as Prithvi and it consists of IBM P6 575 nodes totaling 117 numbers with Rpeak performance of 70.2 T Flops. Each node is populated with 32 cores of IBM P6 CPU running at 4.7 G Hz. The total number of cores works to 3744 cores. HCL is the vendor and IBM is the OEM

( is the link for the same) 



May 2010 

Bharat Jyoti Award to IITM Scientist  

Dr. P.N. Mahajan, Scientist of IITM was awarded the "Bharat Jyoti Award" from India International Friendship Society, New Delhi for his praiseworthy services and achievements in the field of Satellite Meteorology. He received the Award on 24 May 2010.


Observance of Anti-terrorism Day

The Institute observed Anti-terrorism day on 21 May 2010. All employees of the Institute took pledge against terrorism.

 India's Commonwealth Air Quality Forecasting Effort on Global Map

Air Quality Forecasting System (SAFAR) developed by Dr. G. Beig and his team  for the Commonwealth Games 2010 has been praised by United Nations.

See the links

1. iGovernment
2. The Economic Times
3. Thaindian News
4. Yahoo News

5. MAIL TODAY (New Delhi) Newspaper report

Solar Dimming story published in Nature India

The story based on the research paper entitled "Seminal role of clouds on solar dimming over the Indian monsoon region" by  Goswami B.N., Padma Kumari published in Geophysical Research Letters, 37, March 2010, L06703, 1-5, has been  published in Nature India on 4 May 2010.
To see the article, pl. click the link below (To see the full article, pl. do a free registration with Nature.) 
         (Read the article from Word file)


Dr. Anil V. Kulkarni, Scientist-SG, Project Co-ordinator, Snow and Glacier Project, Marine and Earth Sciences Group, Space Applications Centre, SAC(ISRO), Ahmedabad, visited  IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Snow and Glacier investigations in the Himalaya" on 10th May 2010.

Dr. Syed Maqbool Ahmed,  Principal Scientific Officer and Head, Central Instruments Laboratory, University of Hyderabad, HYDERABAD, visited IITM. He is one of the key Scientists involved with the design & instrumentation of the MIP probe on Chandrayaan at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Indian Space Research Organization, Thiruvananthapuram. He delivered a seminar on "Success story of Chandrayaan" on 20 May 2010.


April 2010

Workshop by IITM on CTCZ-Pilot: Initial Results

A DST-SERC "Workshop on continental Tropical Convergence Zone (CTCZ)- Pilot: Initial Results", organized by IITM is taking place during 29-30 April 2010 at the Institute. (Click for more information)

First Session South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF-1)

First Session of the newly formed South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF-1) was organized jointly by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) during 13-15 April 2010 at IITM, Pashan, Pune.  Experts from the SASCOF member countries viz., Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attended the meet besides several regional and global experts. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) supported this meeting through its Climate Information and Prediction Services (CLIPS).

1. Click here for the brochure on SASCOF-1-2010
2. SASCOF-1-2010: Agenda
3. SASCOF-1-2010: Provisional List of Participants


Prof. Alexander Khain from Hebrew University visited IITM. He delivered a lecture series on the Cloud Modeling during 5 - 9 April 2010.

IITM Scientists' work in website articles

The research work in  paper "Recent trends in pre-monsoon daily temperature extremes over India, Journal of Earth System Science, 119, February 2010, 51-65" by Kothawale D.R., Revadekar J.V., Rupa Kumar K.,has been  referred in an article published in the Earth Science Section of Electronics Newsweekly of VerticalNews, a worldwide Top News Source online (dt: April 6, 2010) and also it has appeared as news on the 'High-Beam Research' web site as well as India Environmental portal and GOLIATH website.

1. Electronics Newsweekly of VerticalNews Link
2. HighBeam (Research online reference Service)
3. India Environmental Portal
4. GOLIATH website  

The research work in  paper "On the modeling of electrical boundary layer (electrodelayer) and derivation of atmospheric electrical profiles, eddy diffusion coefficient and scales of electrode layer" by Smt. M N Kulkarni, published in Journal of earth system science, vol. 119, No. 1, February 2010, pp. 75–86, has been  referred in an article published in the Earth Science Section of Electronics Newsweekly of VerticalNews, a worldwide Top News Source online (dt: April 7, 2010) and also it has appeared as news on the 'High-Beam Research' web site.

1. Electronics Newsweekly of VerticalNews Link
2. HighBeam (Research online reference Service) Website
5. (No. 21)
6. (No. 17)

The research work in  paper "Recent trends in pre-monsoon daily temperature extremes over India, Journal of Earth System Science, 119, February 2010, 51-65" by Kothawale D.R., Revadekar J.V., Rupa Kumar K.,has been  referred in an article published in the Earth Science Section of Electronics Newsweekly of VerticalNews, a worldwide Top News Source online (dt: April 6, 2010) and also it has appeared as news on the 'High-Beam Research' web site as well as India Environmental portal and GOLIATH website

1. Electronics Newsweekly of VerticalNews Link
2. HighBeam (Research online reference Service)
3. India Environmental Portal
4. GOLIATH website

Some recent works of IITM Sceintist, Dr. K. Krishna Kumar and Tree Ring Studies Group are reflected on following links respectively

1. Link to Blooming Businessweek website
2. Link to livemint website

3. Article in New York Times


March 2010

World Water Day 2010 Celebration
Insitute celebrated World Water Day 2010 on 22 March 2010. Theme of the World Water Day 2010 was "Clean Water for a Healthy World". Dr. J.R. Kulkarni, Scientist 'E', IITM delivered a popular lecture  on this theme.
World Meteorological Day 2010 Celebration

IITM organized the World Meteorological Day-2010 on 23rd March 2010 at its premises. On this occasion, the Institute observed Open Day for general public and  students of schools, colleges and Universities.


Dr. Udaya Bhaskar, Department of Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT, USA, visited the Institute. He delivered a seminar on "Aerosol Cloud Interactions: A New Perspective in Precipitation  Enhancement" on 23 March 2010.

Inhouse Meteorological Training in Atmospheric Science

Second Phase of  an Inhouse Training Course on  Atmospheric Science for students of IITM (IITM Research Fellows, Research Associates etc.) and employees has been started  from 3rd March 2010 for the period 3½ months. This training course covers:

(i) Statistical Techniques (ii) Observational Techniques , (iii) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics – Part II, (iv) Numerical Methods and Modelling and (v) Large scale Air-Sea Interaction.


February 2010

National Science Day Celebration

Institute celebrated National Science Day 2010 on 26th February 2010. About 200 students and teachers from local schools, general public and media persons visited the Institute, on the occasion of the National Science Day Programme. The students and other visitors were taken round the Institute, in groups, to see the laboratories, HPC, library, exhibition and scientific film show. Each group was guided by a volunteer.
Scientists/Research Fellows/Associates at the Dendro Lab, Laser Lab, ENVIS Lab, Atmospheric Physics Lab, new HPC etc., explained the working of instruments and research activities to the students and visitors. The visitors had interactions with the scientists in laboratories. The visitors were shown the scientific films in the varahamihir Hall of Institute. All the visitors appreciated the observational and research activities of the Institute. 


Prof. Alice M. Grimm, University of Paraná, Brazil, visited the Institute. He delivered the seminar on "The South American Monsoon : evolution, variability and  possible link to the Indian Monsoon" on 5 February 2010.

Dr. Randolph ‘Stick’ Ware, Chief Scientist, Radiometrics Corporation, Visiting Scientist,NCAR & Senior Associate Scientist, CIRES, visited the Institute. He delivered a seminar on "Thermodynamic Profiling for Convective Storm Research and  Weather Modification" on 19 February 2010.

Lord Julian Hunt, FRS, Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge and formet DG and Chief Executive of the UK Met Office visited the Institute on 22 February 2010. He delivered a Public lecture entitled "Science and policies for Climate Change".

Two distinguished Visiting Professors - Prof. John Michael (Mike) Wallace from University of Washington, Seattle, WA and Prof. Jagdish Shukla, University Professor, George Mason University, Fairfax,VA, and President, Institute of Global Environmentand Society, visited the Institute during 23-25 February 2010. They delivered fascinating lectures for scientists on 23 and 25 February 2010.  Prof. J.M. Wallace and Prof. J.Shukla also delivered lecture on "Climate Change: Science and Politics" on 24 February 2010, under the first "Prof. P.R. Pisharoty Distinguished Lecture Series" organized by The Indian Meteorological Society Pune Chapter (IMSP), at Chandrasekhar Auditorium, IUCAA. (Click for the detailed schedule.)


January 2010

RASHTRIYA GAURAV AWARD to Dr. Nityananda Singh

Dr. Nityanand Singh has been selected for the RASHTRIYA GAURAV AWARD and Certificate of Excellence from India International Friendship Society (IIFS) for his remarkable achievement. The Award presentation ceremony will take place on 6th March 2010 in New Delhi.


Dr. Shaik Hakeem, Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre (BMRC), Australia visited IITM. He  delivered a seminar on "Climate monitoring activities at Darwin RSMC area"  on 7 January 2010.

Dr. Paulo Nobre, National Institute for Space Research (INPE), CPTEC, Brazil, visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Amazon deforestation and Climate Change in a fully coupled model simulation " on 20 January 2010. 

Dr. K. Mohankumar, Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Cochin University of Sci. & Technology (CUSAT), Cochin, visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Stratospheric Influence on Tropospheric Weather and Climate" on 21 January 2010.