IIT Bombay’s collaboration with India Meteorological Department (IMD)

Recently, IIT Bombay entered into collaboration with India Meteorological Department (IMD) to develop climate solutions at the village, city, and district levels.

What are the expected outcomes of the collaboration?

  • Sensors and Drone-based Smart Monitoring System
  • Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) technology for water and food security
  • Intelligent and automated early warning systems
  • Climate and Health
  • Smart power grid management
  • Wind energy and heatwave forecasts
  • Climate forecast and information-based smart applications for different sectors.
  • Meteorological aviation, observational and instrumentation applications.
  • Climate change policy information, and human resource development.

What is Climate-smart agriculture (CSA)?

It is an integrated approach to managing landscapes that address the interlinked challenges of food security and climate change. It aims to simultaneously achieve three outcomes:

  1. Increased agricultural productivity to improve nutrition security and boost incomes.
  2. Enhanced resilience and reduced vulnerability to climate-related risks and shocks.
  3. Reduced emissions and identify ways to absorb carbon out of the atmosphere.

What is IIT Bombay’s Interdisciplinary Program in Climate Studies (IDPCS)?

IDPCS was set up in 2012 and has completed its 10-year journey with major financial support from the Department of Science and Technology. IIT Bombay aims to establish a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Climate Services and Solutions within IDPCS that will leverage the expertise of its students and faculty members to conduct solution-oriented research. IT Bombay also established the first-ever Chair Professorship in climate studies, titled “Vinaya and Samir Kapoor Chair in Climate Studies”, which will greatly benefit IDPCS.

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