Wednesday, 11 December 2013

National Monsoon Mission

Government has launched the National Monsoon Mission to set up a state-of-the-art coupled ocean-atmospheric climate model for 

a) improved prediction of monsoon rainfall on extended range to seasonal time scale (16 days to one season) and 

b) improved prediction of temperature, rainfall and extreme weather events on short to medium range time scale (up to 15 days). 

The mission is envisaged to achieve the operational implementation of the state-of-the art dynamical prediction system for more accurate monsoon rainfall prediction on all spatial and time scales over the Indian region. 

The improved system will help us in issuing more accurate short range forecasts (up to 3 days) and warnings for extreme weather events like heavy rainfall events, active (heavy) and break (weak) spells during the monsoon season in advance and more accurate seasonal forecasts for all-India monsoon rainfall. 

An allocation for the mission is Rs. 400.0crores for a period of 5 years (2012-2017). 

Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Shri S.Jaipal Reddy gave this information in reply to a written question in the Lok Sabha Sabha today. 

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