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Call for collaborative research in rainfall and cloud cover

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Collaboration: S.K. Sarkar, Head, Radio and Atmospheric Sciences Division, National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, and C. Valliappa, Chairman, Sona College of Technology exchanging a memorandum of understanding, in Salem on Thursday. —
Collaboration: S.K. Sarkar, Head, Radio and Atmospheric Sciences Division, National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, and C. Valliappa, Chairman, Sona College of Technology exchanging a memorandum of understanding, in Salem on Thursday. —

Staff Reporter

Studies to be done on rainfall and radio wave propagation

SALEM: Educational institutions in the country should come forward to carry out collaborative research to study rainfall and cloud cover across the country, Head, Radio and Atmospheric Sciences Division, National Physical Research Laboratory (NPRL), New Delhi, S.K. Sarkar has said.

He was speaking after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Centre for Study of Rainfall and Radio Wave Propagation of Sona College of Technology here on Thursday.

The MoU was signed between the centre and a consortium of four collaborating organisations the Radio and Atmospheric Sciences Division of the NPRL, Atmospheric Science Department of the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUST), Nigerian Meteorological Agency and Bharat Electronics Limited, Haryana.

It would facilitate collaborative research initiatives in the area of rainfall and radio wave propagation.

Mr. Sarkar said that the sharing of knowledge and data between the institutions would enable the researchers to conduct a fruitful study and come up with solutions to the problems.

Massive study

A single institution could not carry out the massive study of rainfall and cloud, he pointed out.

In addition to this, he encouraged the students and research scholars to take interest in the field of Radio and Atmospheric Sciences.

Members of the consortium and the centre would work jointly in understanding the mechanism of rainfall and how it affects the radio wave propagation, an issue that assumed significance in various fields including weather monitoring, weather forecasting, navigation, agriculture, defence and communication.

College Chairman C. Valliappan presided over the programme. Reader from the CUST C.A. Babu, senior faculty members and researchers were present.

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