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Past Events - 2012

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December 2012


Dr. Satyaban B Ratna, Alpplications Laboratory, Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences, JAMSTEC, Japan visited IITM. He gave seminar on "Tropical-extra tropical Interactions and its association with ENSO" on 7th December 2012. 

Dr. Grisa Mocnik, Member, United Nations ECE Expert, Group on Black Carbon & Director Aerosol d.o.o. Slovenia visited IITM. He delivered a lecture on Black Carbon Research & Applications of Aethalometers in it" on 10th December 2012.

Dr. Prince K. Xavier, Model Evaluation and Diagnostics Scientist, Met Office  Hadley Centre, FitzRoy Road  Exeter  EX1 3PB,  United Kingdom visited IITM. He delivered a lecture on "Process evaluation of Madden-Julian Oscillation in GCMs" on 11th December 2012

Dr. Vijay Tallapragada, Team Leader, Hurricane Modeling, NWS/NOAA/NCEP/EMC  NCWCP, USA visited IITM. He gave a seminar on "Advancing NCEP Operational HWRF Modeling System for Next Generation Tropical Prediction Capabilities" on 24th December 2012.



November 2012

51st Foundation Day Celebration of IITM concluding the Golden Jubilee Year

The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) celebrated its 51st Foundation Day on 17th November 2012 in its premises at Pashan. The celebrations started at 09.30 hrs with inauguration of the Golden Jubilee Gate of the Institute and the newly constructed multipurpose Meghdoot Complex at the hands of Prof. U.R. Rao, Former Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, Governing Council of PRL and IITM.
The main function of the Foundation Day Celebrations and other programs planned to mark the occasion were held in the Meghdoot Complex. Prof. Jagadish Shukla, Distinguished Professor, George Mason University, USA and President, Institute of Global Environment and Society, USA was the chief Guest of the function. Prof. Yamagata, Director of Application Laboratory, Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) was the Guest of Honour. Prof. B.N. Goswami, Director IITM welcomed all and briefed about the Institute’s progress and its current activities. Prof. U.R. Rao and Prof. Jagadish Shukla appreciated the Institute’s work and its progress in their address.
The celebration was marked by presentation of different awards. To mark its Golden Jubilee the IITM announced the Golden Jubilee Award to scientists of the Institute. Dr. P.C.S. Devara and Dr. G. Beig received the Golden Jubilee award for their excellent scientific contribution at the hands of Prof. U. R. Rao. The Annual Silver Jubilee Award for the best research paper published in peer reviewed journal for the year 2011 was presented to Dr. M. G. Manoj, Dr. P.C.S. Devara, Dr. P.D. Safai and Dr. B.N. Goswami for their research paper entitled, ‘Absorbing aerosols facilitate transition of Indian monsoon breaks to active spells’, published in Climate Dynamics, 37, December 2011, 2181-2198 at the hands of Prof. Yamagata. Best Student Research Paper Award for the year 2011 was presented to Smt. Ayantika De for the paper entitled, Dynamical response of the South Asian monsoon trough to latent heating from stratiform and convective precipitation coauthored by R. Krishnan and published in Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 68, June 2011, 1347-1363 at the hands of Prof. Jagadish Shukla.
Shri G.N. Limaye, Shri H.K. Trimbake and Shri M.S. Waghela received the Excellent Performance Award for the year 2011 for the Administrative, Technical and Multi-Tasking Staff, respectively, and an award from the donation received from Dr. Anandu Vernekar for a daughter of an economically backward employee of the Institute to Kum. Sukanya Ghanwat, daughter of Shri S.B. Ghanwat, a Multitasking Employee, at the hands of Prof. B.N. Goswami, Director, IITM.
The above programme was followed by the Foundation Day Lecture on ‘Toward Predicting Subtropical Climate Variability - Beyond ENSO and IOD’ by Prof. T. Yamagata, Golden Jubilee Award Lectures by Dr. P. C. S. Devara and Dr. G. Beig, Silver Jubilee Award Lecture by Dr. M. G. Manoj and Best Student Paper Award Lecture by Ayantika De Choudhury.
Institute’s present and past employees and some invitees attended the function. The celebration was concluded in the evening by an entertainment programme. As part of the Institute's Golden Jubilee Year Celebrations various competitions were organized. The prizes were presented to the winners at the hands of Prof. B.N. Goswami.

Fourth Prof. P.R. Pisharoty Distinguished Lecture 

Indian Meteorological Society, Pune Chapter and IITM are jointly organizing the “Fourth Prof. P.R. Pisharoty Distinguished Lecture". Prof. P.R. Pisharoty Distinguished Lecture was delivered by world famous scientist Prof. Toshio Yamagata,  Director, Application Laboratory, Yokohama Institute for Earth Sciences, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Sci. & Technology (JAMSTEC)  on 16 November 2012 at IITM, Pune, on the topic "Using cutting edge science to understand climate variation and its impact on society".

Golden Jubilee Year Celebrations

As part of the Institute's Golden Jubilee Year Celebrations various competitions viz. Flower Arrangement, Spelling Bee, Cooking, Best out of Waste, Talent Performance (Monoact, Recitation, Singing, Dancing) and Golden Jubilee Antakshari were  organized in the Institute.   Institute’s employees, Research Fellows, Research Associates, Trainee Scientists, and staff on contract basis participated in the competitions. Also an exhibition of personal collections of some of the employees and students was arranged. The prizes were presented to the winners on the Institute's 51st Foundation Day on 17th November 2012. The event received overwhelming response.

Observance of Vigilance Awareness Week

As per CVC guidelines IITM is observing the Vigilance Awareness Week during 29 October - 3 November 2012. A pledge on anticorruption was taken by all employees on 29th October 2012. On this occasion a slogan competition was orchestrated on the theme 'Transparency in Public Procumrement'. The concluding function of the Vigilance Awareness Week was arranged on 2nd November 2012. As a part of concluding session of this function Smt. M.S. Satarkar, Dy. General Manager, Vigilance Department, Bank of Maharashra, was invited as a Chief Guest who delivered a lecture on this subject. The prizes to the winners of the Slogan competition were awarded by the hands of Chief guest.


Dr. Swadhin K. Behera, Team Leader, Low-latitude Climate Prediction Research,  Climate Variation Predictability and Applicability Research Program, Research Institute for Global Change/Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Sci. & Technology (JAMSTEC), Japan  and  Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Ocean Technology, Policy and Environment,  The University of Tokyo, Japan is on visit to IITM. He delivered a seminar ln "Decadal sea level changes associated with ENSO Modoki" on 15th November 2012 at IITM.

Dr. Bipin Kumar, Ilmenau Technical University, Germany visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Simulation of Droplet Dynamics in Turbulent Mixing and Entrainment at Cloud Boundary" on 26th November 2012


October 2012

CORDEX South Asia Training Workshop at IITM 

CORDEX South Asia Training Workshop was organized by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology during 17-20 October 2012 at IITM, Pune.

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Short Course on Data Assimilation: Dr. Talagrand, France at IITM

National Workshop cum Training on – ‘Data Assimilation for Atmospheric and Ocean models’, has been organized by IITM during 3-10 October 2012 at IITM. Dr. Oliver Talagrand, Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, France, a pioneer in the field of Data Assimilation visited IITM during 3-10 October 2012 and delivered a short course on inverse problem, and different data assimilation techniques. 


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Puneri Air - Special Scientific Report released
Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Govt. of India, New Delhi released a Special Scientific Report entitled, ‘Puneri –Air’ on 3rd October 2012 in Arnav Conference Hall of the MoES, New Delhi. The report is the background paper based on IITM’s 12th Five Year Plan Project on SAFAR, Pune, for common people.
Dr. Alfons Jordan, CTO at IONICON Analytik visited IITM. He delivered a talk on "Proton Transfer Reaction- Mass Spectrometer (PTR-MS) Technique and Application in Environmental Research areas" on 18th October 2012.

September 2012

Celebration of Hindi Week

During 10 - 17 September 2012 Hindi Week will be celebrated at IITM. Various competitions such as Essay writing, poem recitation, Noting & drafting, Antakshari etc. will be organized during the week.

Fourth National Workshop on Climate Change : Indian Ocean and Monsoon

The Centre for Climate Change Research, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (CCCR-IITM), Pune, National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai and the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), New Delhi are organizing the Fourth National Workshop on Climate Change: Indian Ocean and Monsoon at National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai, during 6-7 September, 2012.


August 2012


Dr. Samar K. Guharay,  Chief Scientist,  MITRE Corporation, USA, visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Negative Ions and Emerging Interdisciplinary Problems” on 22 August 2012 at IITM.


July 2012

MoES Awards to IITM Employees

MoES has awarded the Certificate of Merit for the year 2012 to IITM scientist Dr. S.D. Pawar for his outstanding contribution in the field of Atmospheric Science and Technology. The award carries a trophy, a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 30,000/-.

From IITM, Shri Vipin Mali, Shri I.A. Pathan and Shri S.M. Thorve have got the MoES Annual Award for Best Employees for the year 2012 under category ‘Group B’, ‘Group C’ and ‘Multi Tasking Staff’ respectively. This MoES award carries a cash prize of Rs. 10,000/-, Rs. 7500/-   and Rs. 5000/- for ‘Group B’, ‘Group C’ and ‘Multi Tasking Staff’ category respectively.

The awards were presented on the occasion of MoES Foundation Day celebrations held on 27th July 2012.

MoES Annual Awards Link 

Announcement of Pisharoty Fellowship for Postdoctoral programs by IITM

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) announces Pisharoty Fellowship for postdoctoral programs for young talented and dynamic international researchers in the fields of atmospheric and climate  sciences. (Last date to apply : 30 July 2012)

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Popular talk on climate change by Dr. G.B. Pant

Dr. G.B. Pant, Visiting Professor at School of Environment & Natural Resources (SENR), Doon University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, Former Director, IITM Pune and  Former President IMS National Council, New Delhi delivered a popular talk on "Climate Change in Uttarakhand Region" on 9 July 2012 at IITM.



  • Dr. John Akintayo Adedoyin, University of Botswana,Gaborone,Botswana is on visit to IITM. He delivered a seminar on 'Challenges of seasonal rainfall forecast over the Kalahari transect of southern Africa - A component of teaching Meteorology in the developing world' on 5 July 2012.



  • Prof. Kirill Semeniuk, Center for Research in Earth and Space Science, YORK University, Toronto Canada, visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Simulations in Support of the Proposed PREMIER Satellite Mission" at IITM on 12 July 2012.


  • Dr. Leon Jean-Francois (Laboratorie d'a erologie, Toulouse, France) is on visit to IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Monitoring of particulate air pollution for health impact assessment: active and passive remote sensing' on 20 July 2012 at IITM.

  • Prof. Michael T. Montgomery, Department of Meteorology, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, USA  visited IITM during  16-20 July 2012. He delivered a lecture on 'PRE-Depression Investigation of Cloud-systems in the Tropics (PREDICT) field experiment' on 18 July 2012.  


June 2012

Dr. S.V. Raghavan, Scientific Secretary to Dr. Chidambaram and brain behind National Knowledge Network (NKN) visited IITM on 8th June 2012.

Eminent Ocean Modeller & Climate Scientist, Prof. Raghu Murtugudde, University of Maryland, USA is on visited  IITM. He delivered a seminar on "Better Physics adds value to global predictions at regional scales" on 18th June 2012.


 May 2012

High Altitude Cloud Physics Laboratory (HACPL), Mahabaleshwar 

For understanding complex interaction between aerosols, clouds and circulation, IITM has set up a High Altitude Cloud Physics Laboratory (HACPL) at Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, supported by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES). For the proposed HACPL, Foundation Stone Laying ceremony was held on 24th May 2012 at Mahabaleshwar  by the hands of Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh, honorable Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Govt. of India. The function was presided by Shri Prithviraj Chavan, honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra. On this auspicious occasion, Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, MoES, Govt. of India, and other dignitaries were also present.


Prof Jai-Ho Oh, Director, Super Computer Center, Pukyong National University (PKNU), Busan, South Korea,  visited IITM Pune during 22-24 May 2012. He delivered a seminar on “Current development for a big data base on the Partnership and Leadership for Nationwide Supercomputer Infra Program and the Global Scientific Data Center – ultra-high resolution Weather/Climate Prediction” on 23 May 2012.


 April 2012

SASCOF-3 Meet at IITM 

Third Session of South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF-3) was held at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) during 19 – 20 April 2012. The SASCOF-3 was sponsored by World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), India Meteorological Department (IMD) and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM). The Meet focused on more training programmes to be extended to scientists with emphasis on better forecast. This meet looked at coming up with a consensus in the forecast for the region. Representatives from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of the South Asian countries and experts in the field from various climate centers of the world, including WMO, as well as research scientists from different institutions in India including IITM and IMD participated in the session.


March 2012

WMO Day Lecture at IITM

IITM celebrates WMO Day every year by organising a special lecture based on the theme of the day. This year, the WMO Day theme is “POWERING OUR FUTURE WITH WEATHER, CLIMATE AND WATER”. On this occasion a WMO Day Special Lecture on the topic "Communicating uncertainties in weather and climate forecasts for better decision" by Dr. D. S. Pai, Director, National Climate CentreIMD, Pune was arranged on 22 March 2012.


Dr. J. Vivekanandan, Senior Scientist, UCAR, USA, visited IITM. He delivered a talk on the topic "An Experiment in Indian Ocean" on 29 March 2012.

Prof. Frode Stordal, Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Norway visited IITM during 27-30 March 2012 for scientific interactions. He delivered a talk on "Modelling of atmospheric chemistry-climate interactions" on 28 March 2012.

Dr. Jean-Louis Brenguier, Meteo-France  National Research Centre, Toulouse, France visited IITM during 12-14 March 2012. He delivered seminar  on "Aerosol, clouds and climate: Why is it so difficult to find evidence of the second aerosol indirect effect?" on 13 March 2012 at IITM.


February 2012

OCHAMP-2012 : IITM Golden Jubilee International Conference 

International Conference on "Opportunities and Challenges in Monsoon Prediction in a Changin Climate" (OCHAMP-2012) was hosted by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) in association with World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) of World Meteorological Organization (WMO) during 21-25 February 2012. The Conference was organized to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the IITM and dedicated to Monsoon Prediction in a Changing Climate. The focus of the five-day long event was on the opportunities and challenges in predicting the global monsoon (especially the Asian Monsoon) in a changing climate. About 350 scientists from India and abroad participated in the conference.


Prof. John Mike Wallace, University of Washington visited IITM as a Distinguished Professor. Prof. Wallace delivered a Course on Introduction to Physics of the Atmosphere based on the famous book by Wallace and Hobbs. He delivered lectures during 6 - 17 February 2012.


January 2012

A short course on 'Predictability of Atmosphere and Ocean' by Prof. V. Krishnamurthy, USA

Prof. V. Krishnamurthy, Senior Research Scientist, COLA, Maryland, USA and Professor, George Masson University, a well known authority on Predictability studies of Atmosphere and Ocean, is visiting the Institute. He will be delivering a short course on 'Predictability of Atmosphere and Ocean' alongwith practicals during 9-20 January 2012. (See the details of program)

Lecture series on Inverse Modeling by Prof. V. K. Gaur

Prof. V. K. Gaur, an internationally renowned geophysicist and former Secretary,  Dept. of Ocean Development (now MoES) is on visit to IITM during 24-27 January 2012 and will deliver a series of lectures on Inverse Modeling which is very important for Data Assimilation as well as in estimating role of green house gases on climate. He will conduct his deliberations in a more interactive tutorial form.

Challenges and Oppprtunities in Air Pollution and Climate Change (CHOP-C)

Workshop cum Seminar series on "Challenges and Opportunities in Air Pollution and Climate Change (CHOP-C)" was organized at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology during 16-18 January 2012. The CHOP-C Workshop is part of the Germany-India 2012 "Infinite Opportunities" programme and the first of two meetings where German and Indian scientists met to exchange knowledge and ideas related to the topics of air pollution and climate change. The prime objective of the event was to motivate young scientists of India through delivering quality thematic lectures by eminent scientists from Germany and India in the area of air quality, monsoon and climate interactions. For more information please see the link

Public Lecture on Air Pollution and Climate Change

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune organized a public lecture on “Does the atmosphere help us to get rid of air pollution? The self-cleaning capacity in global change” by Prof. Andreas Wahner, an eminent atmospheric scientist and Director of the Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Troposhere, Julich, Germany at NCL Auditorium, National Chemical Laboratory, Pashan Road, Pune on 17th January 2012 during 1730-1830 hours. The lecture was organized for the general public (especially that of Pune) to make them aware of the challenges in the field of atmospheric chemistry and climate. The lecture was followed by the public screening of a short documentary film on ‘SAFAR – The Journey of Air’. The film is about the successful development and implementation of a System of Air Quality forecasting and Research (SAFAR) for the first time in India and its successful communication in a popular format to the masses during CWG-2010. Details available at


Prof. Raghu Murthugudde, University of Maryland, USA, visited IITM. He delivered a Guest Course on 'Introduction to Oceanography' during 11 - 20 January 2012.