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December 2009

Honorable Minister Shri Prithvirajaji Chavan visited IITM

Honorable Minister for Earth Sciences, Shri Prithvirajaji Chavan and Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences visited the Institute on 23 December 2009. During his visit to newly developed HPC (High Power Computing) Building, the "Power On" ceremony for the HPC system took place.

Announcement of Refresher Course in Atmospheric Sciences

A two-week Refresher Course on ‘Frontiers in Atmospheric Sciences’ for college/university teachers and post-graduate students will be held at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pashan, Pune.

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 will be held at the Institute during 14 to 25 June 2010. For more information contact on email  Telephone: 020-25904283

 Last Date for Applying: 31 December 2009

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November 2009

Prestigious Membership to Prof. B.N. Goswami by TWAS, Italy


  • Prof. B.N. Goswami, Director has been elected as a Fellow of TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world for his outstanding contribution to science and its promotion in the developing world. The induction ceremony will be held during autum 2010 in which newly elected members will be introduced.


August 2009

  • Mr. Kirankumar Johare was awarded the National level third prize in the SERC school on "Atmospheric Effects of GPS and Local Area Augmentation System (LAAS)" sponsored by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, organized at the Research and Training Unit for Navigational Electronics, Osmania University, Hyderabad.

July 2009

MoES Award to IITM Scientist

The Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India,  awarded the Certificate of Merit for the year 2009, to Dr. A.K. Sahai for his outstanding contribution in the field Atmospheric Sciences in previous year. 

June 2009

The Norbert Gerbier - MUMM International Award 2009 conferred

 The Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award 2009 of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)  was conferred upon to Dr. K. Krishna Kumar (IITM) for his paper entitled “Unravelling the mystery of Indian Monsoon failure during El Niño”,  published in the journal Science, Vol. 314, 6 October 2006 co-authored by Balaji Rajagopalan, Martin Hoerling, Gary Bates and Mark Cane, all from USA, in a ceremonial function during the 61st session of the  WMO Executive Council held on 10th June 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Balaji Rajagopalan was also present in the award presentation ceremony. (Link to WMO website)

May 2009

Flag-off function of CAIPEEX National Experiment   

The flag off function of Cloud-Aerosol Interaction and Precipitation Enhancement Experiment (CAIPEEX) took place from Pune Airport by Dr. Shilesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences on 17th May 2009. (More .. )

April 2009

Prof B.N. Goswami has been selected for the Kamal Kumari National Award for "Science and Technology" for the year 2008. It is awarded by 'The Kamal Kumari Foundation', a charitable trust in Assam.

The award consists of Rs. 2 lakh in cash, a citation and a trophy which will be presented in a function at Guwahati.

See article in 'The Assam Tribune Online' about this Award in following link

March 2009

WMO Day 2009 Celebration

        World Meteorological Organization has selected the theme  "Weather, climate and the air we breathe" for the year 2009. The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune celebrated the World Meteorological Day on 23rd March 2009 at its premises at Pashan.  

       On this occasion, IITM observed an Open Day, an open house scientific exhibition, visit of students, teachers and general public to see the Institute's laboratories, supercomputers, satellite pictures and data receiving centre (SDUC), library, scientific film shows etc. and interaction with the scientists.

        A popular science lecture on “Air quality of Pune city” by Dr. Ajay Ojha, Chief, Air Quality Management Cell of Pune Municipal Corporation was also arranged in the Institute. Dr. Ojha spoke on air quality of Pune city, causes of air pollution and the efforts of air quality management cell of the Pune Municipal Corporation(PMC). (More Details)


  • Training Workshop on Synthesizing Observed Local Variability and climate Extremes (SOLVE), under the Climate Risk Management Technical Assistance Support Project (CRM TASP) was held during 17 - 20 March 2009 at the Institute. The  CRM TASP Project is being implemented by Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (adpc), Multi-Hazard Early Warning Center, Thailand in collaboration with IITM. Dr. K. Krishna Kumar is the coordinator of this Workshop.
Inhouse Meteorological Training in Atmospheric Science
  • Second Phase of an Inhouse Training in  Atmospheric Science for students of IITM (IITM Research Fellows, Research Associates etc.) and employees has been started  from 4th March 2009 for the period 2½ months. This training course covers
     (i) Statistical Techniques, (ii) Observational Techniques and (iii) Large scale Air-Sea Interaction


  • Prof. Danile Rosenfeld, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel is on visit to IITM. He deliverd a seminar on topic "Flood or Drought: How do aerosols affect precipitation?" in the Institute on 3 March 2009.

  • Dr. Dulal Chakrabarti, LACD ADGM (Information Systems & Satellite Meteorology), IMD, HQ, New Delhi visited IITM on 9th March 2009. He delivered a seminar on topic "New Digital Forecasting Framework".
  • Dr. P. V. Sundareswar, South Dakota University, USA visitied IITM. He delivered a seminar on "FLUX NET program", on 13 March 2009. He had discussions related to the FLUX NET Program with Institute scientists.

February 2009

  • Paper published in 'Science' about Asian Atmospheric Brown Cloud

A paper, co-authored by Dr. P.S.P. Rao, entitled “Brown Clouds over South Asia: Biomass or Fossil Fuel Combustion?” has been published in ‘Science’, 23 January, 2009.

Microscale radiocarbon measurements of the Asian Atmospheric Brown Cloud (ABC)  showed that half to two thirds of the carbonaceous aerosols are from biomass burning with the remainder from fossil fuel combustion. This paper can be seen at

The Reviews on this paper can be seen on following links

ECMWF Technical Memorandum No. 580 entitled "Assessment of  ECMWF forecasts: widespread rainfall events during the Indian summer monsoon" by Milind Mujumdar, Franco Molteni, Anna Ghelli, Frederic Vitart, Paul Dando and Julia Slingo, January 2009, is published.

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  • Dr. Atul K. Jain, Associate Professor,  Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801, visited IITM. He delivered a seminar on topic "Integrated Assessment Modeling of Biogeochemical Cycles, Climate Change and  Impacts".  

January 2009


  • Dr. Jai Sukhatme, Postdoctoral Research Associate (Applied Mathematics), University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin, USA,  visited the Institute. He delivered a seminar on  topic "Vortical and Wave modes in rotating and stratified Turbulence"
  • India's Republic Day Celebration at Antarctica

ITM is participating in the 28th Antarctica Expedition. Alok Sagar Gautam and Saroj Kumar Sahu are the members of this expedition under the project "Behaviour of Ozone and its Precursors in the Marine and Polar Boundary Layer" , Principle Investigator of which is Dr. Gufran Beig .

IITM members celebrated the "REPUBLIC DAY" at India's new research base in Larsemanns hills with the Russian, Chinese delegates. The Indian flag was hoisted at Larsemann Hills in the presence of all delegates and expedition members. One scientist, from Estonia Dr. Eann Kaup, gave a lecture regarding the greatness of the countries which are participating in the Antarctica expedition run by Antarctica Treaty.

India's new research base in Larsemann Hills is located at 69 o 25' 29" South and 76o 11' 13" East. In other words, Larsemann Hills is approximately located at the site where a straight line drawn South from Kanyakumari will meet at Antarctica."

December 2008


  • Honor to Prof. B.N. Goswami

Prof. B.N. Goswami was  elected Member of the Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) of WCRP/IOC/ICSU of World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for a period of four  years from 1st January 2009.

  • Dr. G. Beig elected as Fellow of Academy

Dr. Beig has been elected Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore from January 2009.





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Dr. Jai Sukhatme, Postdoctoral Research Associate (Applied Mathematics), University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin, USA,  visited the Institute. He delivered a seminar on  topic "Vortical and Wave modes in rotating and stratified Turbulence"


The paper entitled 'Kalapureddy,M.C.R, and Devara, P.C.S .(2010) Pre-monsoon aerosol optical properties and spatial distribution over the Arabian Sea during 2006, published in Atmospheric Research ,95 ,186-196 has received appreciations from NASA ,USA. For details  please see 

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Dr.  Randolph 'Stick ' Ware ,Chief Scientist, Radiometrics Corporation,visiting Scientist,NCAR & Senior Associate Scientist,CIRES will deliver a seminar at 11.30 hrs on 19.2.2010

Title:"Thermodynamic Profiling for Convective Storm Research and
          Weather Modification"