Weather Meet stresses on upgradation of technology, local resources
On the conclusion of two-day TROPMET 2012 held here today, weather experts recommended setting up of an institute for Himalayan Meteorology, strengthening of the surface, upper air, agormet and radar network in the region.
In the concluding session held under the Chairmanship of Dr M Rajeevan, Advisor, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, a panel of experts deliberated the needs and priorities to improve weather and climate forecast including extreme events over the Himalayan region.
They also stressed on the need for wider use of satellite and 3-D GIS, constant upgradation of weather technology and human resources and involving local population in collecting and disseminating vital weather-related inputs in the region The panel comprising Dr B Thampi, Dr Anand Sharma,Dr M M Kimothi, Dr S Prasad, Dr M Mohapatra, Mr P L N Raju and Mr Manmohan Singh, recommended that in view of the high intensity rainfall and cloud burst in the Himalayan region, X- band and C- band radars and other terrestrial sensors should be installed on priority especially in the disaster prone areas of Uttarakhand.
The experts underscored the need for ISRO/IMD and other institutions to develop satellite based products over Himalayan region for operational use and to develop satellite data for numerical weather prediction models.
Efforts may be made to develop low-casting methods using satellite data for heavy rainfall, cloud burst and landslides, they added.