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On weather changes:Air Marshal Rajinder Singh, Senior Air Staff Officer, Training Command, Indian Air Force, speaking at the valediction of the training on nowcasting at Air Force Administrative College in Coimbatore on Friday.— PHOTO: S.SIVA SARAVANAN
On weather changes:Air Marshal Rajinder Singh, Senior Air Staff Officer, Training Command, Indian Air Force, speaking at the valediction of the training on nowcasting at Air Force Administrative College in Coimbatore on Friday.— PHOTO: S.SIVA SARAVANAN

There are perplexing changes happening in weather. In the military perspective, ‘mission success' becomes a unique challenge in such conditions. Accurate weather predictions are essential to ensure flight safety, said Air Marshal Rajinder Singh, Senior Air Staff Officer, Training Command, Indian Air Force, here on Friday.

He was speaking at the valediction of the two-week training on “Concepts on Nowcasting and Meso-Scale Disturbances (CONMED 2011) at the Air Force Administrative College (AFAC).

The training, organised by the Faculty of Meteorology of AFAC, in association with Bharathiar University and sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), was held from May 9 to May 20.

“The emerging evidence of weather changes is further aggravated by the fact that there is little understanding of the meteorological phenomena. It is essential to try to fathom the fundamentals to find out what is causing the perplexing weather changes,” the Air Marshal said.

Numerical weather predictions and such other scientific developments would provide solutions for these perplexities, he added.

P. Sanjeeva Rao, Advisor, DST, said science and technology had been responsible in introducing technical innovations for the benefit of society.

“As the scales of weather forecasting narrow down from global to meso-scale, the processes will get more complex. We are looking outside for tackling these processes. We need our own meso-scale models. However, to run these sophisticated models we need highly trained manpower,” he said.

Attraction of youth towards science was very poor. Also, the number of scientists involved in basic science research was not good.

Pointing out the number of Ph.D. degree holders in China was 16,000 as against the 6,000 in India, Mr. Rao said there was a need to stimulate higher learning in the country.

He believed that the INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) programme of the DST that was being conducted for school students had attracted global attraction as a measure in motivating youth towards pure / basic sciences.

As many as 37 participants from the Army, Air Force, Navy, universities, research organisations, meteorological departments, and other Governmental organisations attended the training.

Air Commodore M.S.G. Menon, Commandant, AFAC, Air Commodore B.C. Pant, Principal Director (Meteorology), IAF, P. Thirumalvalavan, Registrar, Bharathiar University, Group Captain N. Ravi, Command Meteorological Officer, and Wing Commander N.V. Sankar, also attended.

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