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Government of India
Ministry of Earth Science
18-November-2010 17:08 IST
Infrastructure Upgradation of Indian Meteorological Department

 

            In the upgradation field of the observational infrastructure of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and its computing power to provide better forecasting of the weather and monsoon in the country has progressed well.  Detailed Progress of commissioning advanced observing systems is presented below:

Observational Instrument

Number planned for Phase I

Achievement till 31st October 2010

Automatic Rain Gauges (ARG)

1350

334

Automatic Weather Stations (AWS)

550

494

Doppler Weather Radar (DWR)

16

2

Wind Profiler

7

In progress

Pilot Balloon

70

65

Aeronautical Instrumentation

28

8

Upgraded RS/RW

25

11

 

Upgradation of observing system along with its connectivity with high performance computing system, installation of digitised forcasting platform and dissemination in real time to the end users are to be developed by March 2011 under phase-I of the modernization programme. 

The salient features of new forecasting system implemented during 2010 include:

·         Global Forecast System for forecast up to 7 days

·         Regional Forecast System for forecast up to 3 days

·         Meso-scale Forecasting System for forecast up to 48 hours

·         Now-casting up to 3-6hrs

 

             While with the help of high performance computing and modern observation systems the capacity of India Meteorological Department (IMD) to predict weather has improved, forecast of cloud burst still remains uncertain with current science.

Minister of Human Resource Development, Minister of Science and Technology, Minister of          Earth Ssciences and Minister of Telecomunication and Information Technology Shri Kapil Sibal replied to a question by Smt Viplove Thakur in Rajya Sabha in a written reply today.

KP