Climate research to mitigate many future risks looming over us: atmospheric scientists

Climate research to mitigate many future risks looming over us: atmospheric scientists

South Asian Institute for Advanced Research and Development (SAIARD) Centre for Climate Research started its journey on Saturday with an unique e-conference attended by a galaxy of luminaries in the field of meteorology, atmospheric and climate science. SAIARD, a research and advocacy institute, has zeroed in on this climate research which is likely to determine various aspects of human lives in not a distant future.

The e-conference was an eye-opener on various micro and macro climatic changes in and around us. Dr A K Sahay of Indian Institute Of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune showed an extreme climatic pattern in North Bengal where maximum temperature has increased and minimum temperature decreased. Across Bengal, he said wet monsoon gets wetter and dry monsoon years are likely to drier, heightening the possibility of flood and draught.

Dr. S.K. Midya, professor of atmospheric science of Calcutta University said, “The earthquake is preceded by change in the wet component refractivity of the atmosphere. If that change is mapped, even earthquakes can be preempted and thus many lives can be saved from natural disasters. He also stressed on how localized urban heating leads to changes in localised rainfall pattern.

Somnath Mahapatra, a scientist with IITM, Pune gave an overview of the Earth Climate System and elaborated the advances in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. He also summarized the developments made in India in these fields which are at par with other developed countries.

Weather scientist Dr. Jitendra K Meher laid emphasis on harnessing renewable energy resources like solar and wind energy to mitigate climate change. Although these resources lack in the eastern sector of the country, yet other sources like wave and tidal energy can be harnessed, he added.

Prof. Abhijit Saha of department of agri-metereolgy, discussed crop-weather relationship and agro-climatic risks. Dr. MMN Rao from UCAR, NCEP presented a prediction of north-east monsoon rainfall and its variability using CORDEX south Asia regional model simulations. Prof. A Gagnon of Liverpool JM University discussed the ongoing project on building resilience to cyclones over Madagascar. He presented the project details since its inception to its implementation strategy many of which can be replicated in eastern coastal India.
Source From : Times Of India

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