Pune: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has taken up an initiative to help the member countries of The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). IMD will be helping the regional intergovernmental organisation and geopolitical union of nations in South Asia to develop models for predicting weather conditions in their respective regions.
The IMD has decided to help the nations build their own climate prediction models by extending expertise to analyse the effects of monsoon and climate change in the neighbouring countries.
Speaking about the initiative, Dr DS Pai, Head, Climate Prediction at Climate Research Division of IMD, Pune, said that they are presently sharing all the necessary data of climate prediction models with all the SAARC nations to understand the changing climatic scenario and the changes in monsoon.
“Presently the South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF) meeting is underway in the city in which representatives from various SAARC countries including Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka are participating to discuss ways to help predict climatic changes more accurately. During the SASCOF meeting, various technical discussions would be held, which would help the SARRC nations to develop models that can predict their local climatic changes more accurately,” said Pai.
According to scientists from IMD and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), tackling environmental challenges would help in enhancing economic development and political cooperation in South Asian countries, which is important.
“Disaster management has become a very challenging issue today, as it is no more just about reconstruction and rehabilitation but more about disaster risk reduction. Extreme climatic conditions can occur anywhere and hence cooperation between SAARC nations to tackle disasters is important. For this, studying impacts of monsoon and climate change is the need of the hour,” said PK Taneja, Director, SAARC Disaster Management Centre,