New Delhi, Nov 24, : Wednesday’s approval of a continuation of an umbrella program at an estimated cost Rs 2,135 crore for Research into weather and climate services.It will also allow for improved forecasts and early warnings, among other things, during the next finance cycle (2021-2026).The scheme will improve weather, climate and ocean forecast services and other hazard-related services.It will also ensure that end-users receive commensurate benefits as per the mandates of Ministry of Earth Sciences.
Due to the increased risk of severe weather events and global climate change, the Ministry has created many targeted programmes.These programs are implemented through its agencies.
These activities are grouped under the Atmosphere & Climate Research–Modelling Observing System & Services (ACROSS) umbrella scheme, which includes eight sub-schemes.
The Ministry is implementing the scheme through its scientific agencies, the India Meteorological Department and the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting.
The proposal for ACROSS was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, headed by Prime Minister NarendraModi.
“The eight sub-schemes of the ACROSS scheme, which are multi-disciplinary in nature, will be implemented in an integrated fashion through IMD, IITM and NCMRWF to cover all aspects of weather and climate.
Each institute is assigned a role in the accomplishment of the above tasks through the eight schemes,” a Cabinet communique stated.It also detailed the implementation strategy and target for ACROSS.
The scheme relates to the Ministry’s atmospheric science programmes and covers different aspects of weather services and weather.Each of these aspects are incorporated into eight sub-schemes that are implemented in an integrated fashion through the four institutes aforesaid.
The eight sub-schemes include Commissioning of Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radars (DWRs) (IMD), Upgradation of Forecast System (IMD), Weather & Climate Services (IMD), Atmospheric Observations Network (IMD), Numerical Modelling of Weather and Climate (NCMRWF), Monsoon Mission III (IITM/NCMRWF/INCOIS/IMD), Monsoon Convection, Clouds and Climate Change (MC4) (IITM/NCMRWF/IMD), and High-Performance Computing System (HPCS) (IITM/NCMRWF), the release added.
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