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  • The High level Stakeholders discussion in TERI on future needs of climate modeling in India under Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India

    18 September 2007

    The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) hosted a brain storming session on the future needs of climate modeling in India at their Delhi Corporate office. Dr. Praodipto Ghosh, Distinguished Fellow, TERI and former Secretary MoEF, expressed that the aim of the workshop was to bring together scientists, technocrats, and other professionals to discuss on present capabilities and future needs of climate modelling in India.

    "Major issues like availability of weather and climate data, atmospheric ocean general circulation modeling, regional climate modeling and computer grid establishment/High performance computing etc need to be discussed so that India arms itself with the capability of having state-of-the-art climate modeling mechanisms" expressed by Dr Ghosh while chairing the first session.

    A detail concept of the workshop and TERI strength on climate modelling was addressed by Dr. Pradhan Parth Sarthi, Associate Fellow, TERI who stated that "Climate changes observed over the last several decades are mostly due to human activities, but significant change is also a reflection of natural variability of the climate system. Therefore a very high-resolution ocean coupled atmospheric global climate model is required to understand the impact of natural variability on climate system." Dr. Pradhan emphasized on the need of more studies by using regional climate model.

    "The projected climate change under various scenarios is likely to have large implications on food production, water supply, biodiversity and livelihoods. Thus, it would require careful analysis of IPCC AR4 data especially on state level to improve our scientific understanding on regional climate change" said Dr D. R. Sikka, former director of IITM, Pune and an eminent weather and climate scientist.

    "Climate change is a fast emerging science in recent times, therefore there must be a clear understanding of climate system" said Prof. S. K. Dash, IIT Delhi. He briefed the several challenges of climate science in India in next 10 years and also the need of high performance computing for climate modeling.

    The present modeling strength of NCMRWF and several issues on future of climate modelling in the country was highlighted by Dr. A. K. Bohra, Director, NCMRWF, Noida.

    "The high resolution weather and climate data are highly required" said Dr. R. C. Bhatia, DG, IMD. The workshop also had distinguished experts from across the country such as Prof. Ravi Nanjundiah (IISc, Bagnalore), Prof. P.S Dhenke (BARC, Bombay), Dr. P. Goswami (CMMACS, Bangalore) and Dr. Radhika, ISRO, expressing their expert views on present capabilities and future needs of climate modelling in the country

    At the end of the session, Dr. Praodipto Ghosh, said "A report would be prepared in order to propose policy suggestions and a plan of action to facilitate the elements of network for development of GCM/RCM, availability of weather and climate data & their sources, and needs of computer grid establishment/high performance computing for climate modelling in the country."

    About TERI:
    A dynamic and flexible organization with a global vision and a local focus, TERI was established in 1974. While in the initial period the focus was mainly on documentation and information dissemination activities, research activities in the fields of energy, environment and sustainable development were initiated towards the end of 1982. The genesis of these activities lay in TERI's firm belief that efficient utilization of energy, sustainable use of natural resources, large-scale adoption of renewable energy technologies and reduction of all forms of waste would move the process of development towards the goal of sustainability.

    All activities in TERI move from formulating local and national level strategies to suggesting global solutions to critical energy and environment-related issues. It is with this purpose that TERI has established regional centres in Bangalore, Goa, and Guwahati, and a presence in Japan, Malaysia, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates. It has also set up affiliate institutes: TERI-NA (The Energy and Resources Institute, North America) Washington DC, USA, and TERI-Europe, London, UK.