IMD opens its doors to the public

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 18 January 2018

Speaking to Sakal Times, Ruchi Sharma, who visited the exhibition with her children, said the display of the instruments gave a lot of insight to the children.

PUNE: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) organised a two-day exhibition from Thursday for the general public, to mark its 143rd foundation day.

The exhibition housed a film show and the display of meteorological instruments, laboratories and museum of meteorology. 

Instruments were kept on display and their working was demonstrated to visitors, showcasing the new technology the department uses for predicting and observing day-to-day weather events. 

Speaking to Sakal Times, Ruchi Sharma, who visited the exhibition with her children, said the display of the instruments gave a lot of insight to the children.

“The children have a positive impression of such exhibitions and they remember how interesting it is to note the temperature or measure the rainfall. Kids also ask a lot of questions, as they are curious and want to try using the instrument. It was a good experience for the children,” said Sharma. 

Another parent, Sri Vidya said such an exhibition helps children to develop a scientific approach and a habit of being inquisitive.  

The seismography instruments at IMD were a big draw. Manohar Apte, Meteorologist at IMD, explained the working of the device.

“A seismometer measures the motion of the ground caused by, for example, an earthquake, a volcanic eruption, or the use of explosives. The magnitude of an earthquake is measured on the Richter magnitude scale. The old seismograph machine can detect the same waves as with he new technology, but it is simpler to explain on the instrument. The epicentre of the earthquake and various parameters can be detected through these instruments,” said Apte.

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