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December 2011

Lecture Series on Weather and Climate Modeling

Dr. Kamal Puri, Research Program Leader, Coupled Earth Systems Modelling, Bureau of Meteorology Resarch Centre, Australia, visited IITM as Distinguished Visiting Professor from 11 - 23 December 2011. A pioneer in atmospheric modeling, Dr. Puri delivered a series of lectures related to Weather and Climate Modeling. He had interactions with Scientists and students during his stay at IITM.  

November 2011

Golden Jubilee Foundation Day celebrations

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology is celebrating the 50th Foundation Day on 17th November 2011. (See the detailed program)

Kick starting the year long Golden Jubilee Year celebrations during 17 November 2011 - 17 November 12, IITM celebrated its Golden Jubilee Foundation Day on 17 November 2011. Prof. U.R. Rao, Chairman, Governing Council of IITM and Former Chairman, Space Commission was the Chief Guest while Prof. R. Narasimha, FRS, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore; Dr. P.S. Goel, Ex-Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (GoI); and   Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (GoI) were the Guests of Honour on the occasion. Depicting the history and evolution of IITM over the past fifty years, a book entitled “Golden Fifty Years of IITM” written by Shri D.R. Sikka, Former Director, IITM was released at the hands of Chief Guest Prof. U.R. Rao. The book was freely provided to the guests, invitees, ex-employees of IITM and the media/press representatives. A booklet entitled “IITM at a glance”, highlighting IITM’s latest achievements, ongoing projects/activities, etc., was also distributed to the guests, invitees, IITM staff , ex-employees of IITM and the media/press representatives. Ex-Directors of IITM Shri D.R. Sikka, Prof. Keshavamurty and Dr. G.B. Pant presented a flashback of IITM of their era. A specially written and composed song for the IITM Golden Jubilee Year Celebrations was sung live by Ms. Madhura H. Kane, IITM SRF in sync with the specially prepared video being projected. In addition to the main function, the programme included the following:
  • Presentation of the IITM Annual 23rd Silver Jubilee Awards for the year 2010 to a paper entitled ‘Multiscale interaction with topography and extreme rainfall events in the northeast Indian region’ by B.B. Goswami, P. Mukhopadhyay, R. Mahanta and B.N. Goswami, published in Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, June 2010, D12114.
  • Presentation of the Annual Excellent Performance Award for the year 2010 to Shri S.A. Sayyed, Smt. S.S. Kharbanda and Shri D.S. Ranpise for Technical, Administrative and Multi-Skilled Staff category respectively.
  • Presentation of the Best Student Paper Award for the year 2010 to two papers, viz., (i) On the contribution of black carbon to the composite aerosol radiative forcing over an urban environment by A.S. Panicker, G. Pandithurai, P.D. Safai, S. Dipu and Dong-In Lee published in Atmospheric Environment, 44, August 2010, 3066-3070 and (ii) Predictability of Indian summer monsoon weather during active and break phases using a high resolution regional model by S. Taraphdar, P. Mukhopadhyay and B.N. Goswami published in Geophysical Research Letters, 37, November 2010, L21812.
  • Presentation of the Anandu Vernekar Scholarship for the Girl Students of Economically Backward Employees of IITM to Kum. Monica S. Jadhav daughter of Shri S.M. Jadhav, Kum. Akshada S. Dandekar daughter of Shri S.N. Dandekar and Kum.Sukanya Sambhaji Ghanwat daughter of Shri S.B. Ghanwat for the academic year 2011-12. Scholarship cheques of Rs. 5000/- each were presented to the recipients.
  • Prof. Roddam Narasimha, FRS, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore delivered a special Golden Jubilee Foundation Day lecture on  "Chasing the cumulus cloud in the Lab, on the Computer, from a Satellite"  on 17th November 2011, at (See details 
  • Silver Jubilee Award lecture by Shri B.B. Goswami.
  • Presentation of Golden Jubilee Logo Competition Prize to Shri V.H. Sasane and Shri K. Chakravarty.
  • Simple but impressive cultural programme was also arranged in the evening.




  • Dr. Andrew L. Pazmany and Pop Stafanija, Amherst, MA, US, visited IITM. They jointly delivered a seminar on "Advance Remote Sensing Technologies: ProSensing perspective" on 9th November 2011.
  • Dr.  Terray Pascal, LOCEAN-IPSL, UMR 7617, CNRS/IRD/UPMC/MNHN,  France , Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on the topic "Role of the SST coupling frequency and intra-daily SST variability on ENSO and monsoon-ENSO relationship in a global coupled model" on 19th November 2011.


Observance of Vigilance Awareness Week

The Institute observed Vigilance Awareness Week during 31 October - 5 November 2011. On this occasion, employees of the Institute took pledge on 31st October 2011. As a part of Vigilance Awareness Week debate competition was arranged on 3rd November 2011 in the Institute. A lecture by Shri Sharad Borde, Retired I.A.S., Pune on the topic "RTI and Vigilance" was  arranged on 4th November 2011.

October 2011


  • Prof. Brian Mapes, Associate Professor, Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, RSMAS, University of Miami, Miami, visited IITM as a Distinguished Visiting Professor during 1-7 October 2011.  He delivered lectures on the topics "Convection as a Matrix Problem: An Overview" and "Convection  as a Matrix Problem: Details, and Extensions"  on 4th and  5th October respectively. 

September 2011


  • Dr. John Mc Gregor,  The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia, visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Dynamical Climate Downscaling for Tropical Regions of Australia and Neighbouring Countries" on 15th September 2011.
  • Dr. Suneet Dwivedi,  Reader, Atmospheric & Ocean Sciences, University of Allahabad, Allahabad visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Biogeochemical Ocean State Estimation Using 4DVar" on 12th September 2011.

  • Hindi Week celebration

    Institute celebrated a Hindi Week during 14-21 September 2011. During the week various competitions were organized on the diverse subjects.

    August 2011

    First training course in 'The Centre for Advanced Training (CAT)'

    The First training course in Earth System Science and Climate at 'The Centre for Advanced Training (CAT)', IITM, Pune was inaugurated on 8th August 2011, at the hands of honorable Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary to the Govt. of India, Ministry of Earth Sciences, New Delhi.

    See media coverage links:

     1. Sakaal Times  (Pune page 5)

     2. Times of India  (Pune page 7 see right top corner)

     3. DNA  (Pune page 2)


    • Dr. Abhijit Basu,  IEK-8, Forschungszentrum, Juelich, Germany, visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Methane Emission from Wetlands and its role  in present day and paleo-climate” on 5th  August 2011.


    July 2011

    MoES Award to IITM Scientist

    The Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India  awarded the Young Scientist Award along with the Certificate of Merit to IITM scientist Dr. C. Gnanaseelan for his outstanding contribution in the field of Atmospheric Sciences. He received the Award on 27th July 2011. (See more) (See the photos)


  • Dr. H. Annamalai, International Pacific Research Center, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (IPRC/SOEST), University of  Hawaii, visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Dynamics of Climate Change over the Monsoon Region” on  26th July 2011. 
  • Prof. Lakshmi Varahan, University of Oklahoma visited  IITM on 18 July 2011. He delivered talks on the topics "Forward Sensitivity Approach to Dynamic Data Assimilation"  and "Ensemble Filtering and impact of Observations on the Forecast" on 18th July 2011 .

    June 2011 

    Prestigious BOYSCAST Fellowship to IITM Scientist

    Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India has awarded  a prestigious BOYSCAST Fellowship to IITM Scientist Dr. Sachin Ghude,  for the year 2010-2011 to conduct advance research at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Earth System Laboratory, Atmospheric Chemistry Division, Boulder, USA.

    May 2011 

    Honor to IITM Scientist

    Dr. (Smt.) Indira S. Joshi, IITM Scientist has been conferred with the prestigious "BHARAT JYOTI AWARD"  Certificate of Excellence by the India International Friendship Society (IIFS).  She received this award at New Delhi on 10 May 2011.


    April 2011 

    National Monsoon Mission Scoping Workshop at IITM

    Institute organized "National Monsoon Mission Scoping Workshop" during 11 - 15 April  2011. This workshop highlighted objectives and proposed activities of the 'Monsoon  Mission'. It included specialized training on Global Forecast System (GFS), Global  Statistical Interpolation (GSI) analysis system and  current version of Climate Forecast  System (CFS) model with hands on (practical) training on model run by NCEP scientists.

    Second Session South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF-2) Meet

    Second Session of the South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF-2) was jointly sponsored and organized by the  Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), the  India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) during 13 -15 April 2011 at IITM, Pune, India. SASCOF-2 Meet focused on facilitating a common understanding and developing consensus-based outlook for the ensuing summer monsoon, over the South Asia in collaboration with national, regional and global experts. 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).

    A Training Workshop for the seasonal prediction using statistical techniques for the SAARC countries of the South Asia was held at the IMD, Pune during 8-12 April 2011.

    1. Announcement of SASCOF-2-2011
    2. SASCOF-2-2011: Agenda

    WMO appreciates the SAFAR project success

    A letter has been  received by Dr. G. Beig, Program Director, SAFAR, from World Meteorological Organization (WMO) officially appreciating the SAFAR project success. They have mentioned that the project "System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) for Commonwealth Games, Delhi-2010" of Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Govt. of India, is an excellent example of a well carried out project. The experience of this project serves as an example within India, in the larger region of South Asia and globally.


     March 2011

    Inhouse Comprehensive Training in Atmospheric Science  - Second phase

    The fourth batch of the Comprehensive Training in Atmospheric Science - Second Phase (for the students of IITM - IITM Research Fellows, Research Associates etc. and newly joined employees) started from 7th March 2011 and will be over in the third week of June 2011. This Training Course covers: 

    (i) Statistical Techniques (ii) Observational Techniques , (iii) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics – Part II, (iv) Numerical Methods and Modelling and (v) Earth System Science.


     February 2011


    Dr. Charlie Zender, Professor, Department of Earth System Science, University of California, USA, is on visit to IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Climate Sensitivity to Sub-grid scale Horizontal Winds" on 7 February 2011.

    Dr. Ananthakrishna Sarma, Senior Scientist, Center for Atmospheric Physics,  Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), McLean, VA, USA, visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Simulating the Atmosphere using an Adaptive Unstructured Grid Model" on 8 February 2011.

    Prof. Raghuram  Murtugudde from University of Maryland, USA, visited  IITM  and he delivered a series of lectures on the  subject 'Introduction to Earth System Science' during 17 February - 25 May 2011.


    January 2011

     Lecture series by Dr. Marat Khairoutdinov, USA

    Dr. Marat Khairoutdinov, Associate Professor of School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University, USA is visiting IITM during 13 January to 27 January 2011. His major research interests are Cloud Resolving Modeling and Superparameterization (Multi-scale modelling Framework:MMF). He delivered series of lectures. (See Details of lectures)

    18th SPARC Meeting at IITM

    The 18th SPARC - (Stratospheric Processes And their Role in Climate - A core project of the World Climate Research Programme) Scientific Steering Group meeting was held at IITM, Pune,  from February 2 - 5, 2011.  A local workshop was conducted preceeding the SSG meeting during 31 January  - 1 February  2011. Following is the link giving details of the SPARC.

    Training Course on 'Cloud Physics and Weather Radars'

    Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology organized a training course on 'Cloud Physics and Weather Radars'. This course was conducted by Prof. V. Chandrasekhar, Colorado State University, USA, during 3 - 7 January 2011. Nominees from other institutions participated in this training.


    Prof. Raghuram Murtugudde,  University of Maryland, USA, visited the Institute and delivered a lecture on "Biogeochem of GFDL Model" on 14th January 2011.

    Dr. Sanjiv Ramachandran,  Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Sub grid modeling in LES : Gaining insights from  the Sub grid conservation equations", on 25 January 2011.

    Honor  to IITM Scientist

    Dr. P.C.S. Devara, Advisor/Scientist "G" and Head, Physical Meteorology and Aerology Division has been selected for the prestigious "BHARAT JYOTI AWARD" for his significant contributions in the field of Earth, Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences, by the India International Friendship Society (IIFS).  He received this global award at a special ceremony organized at Speaker Hall, Rafi Marg, New Delhi-1 on 07 January 2011.