Monday, July 03, 2006

Monsoon forecasts

Technology is coming to the rescue of the beleaguered India Meteorological Department (IMD) to perfect the monsoon prediction system in the country. The weather office is working in collaboration with Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune; Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore; Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad; and Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation, Bangalore, to fine-tune the forecasting system. The mandate is to put in place an integrated method for studying the weather. Based on advanced technology, a dynamic model is being developed in collaboration with IISc — a welcome change from the present statistical model that is prone to inaccurate prediction.

From this story in the Financial Express. Given what happened   last year, IMD seems to have learned its lessons, and is doing the right thing by collaborating with other organizations.