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A new monsoon calendar for India?

06 January 2010

KOCHI: Are variations in temperatures triggering a complete new monsoon calendar for India? This is something that climatologists are looking at while monitoring the different aspects of changing weather patterns.

Indian meteorologists have been monitoring different aspects of ocean-atmosphere interaction and the role played by global warming on the Indian weather systems. Scientists are pooling information through the Indian Network of Climate Change Assessment involving several institutions across the country. The Indian Meteorological Department has also come out with a study on the ‘Climate profile of India’ by S D Attri and Ajit Tyagi which is to be part of India’s National Communication-II to be submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Interestingly, a scientific paper published in the latest issue of the Indian Journal of Marine Science looks at the impact of global warming on the cyclonic storms over the north of Indian Ocean.

According to M R Ramesh Kumar and S Sankar, senior scientists at the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, the frequency of storms is related to the changes in a couple of atmospheric parameters over the north Indian Ocean during the global warming period. Using a series of multiple data sets including the tracks of storms over the North Indian Ocean for the period 1951-2007, the scientists found that the frequency of storms and severe storms do not show a dramatic rise in-spite of a substantial increase in the sea-surface temperature in the Bay of Bengal from 1951-2007 compared to that in 1901-1951….

Read more: http://expressbuzz.com/cities/kochi/a-new-monsoon-calendar-for-india/237308.html


Written by csirindia

January 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm

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