India’s own climate model in the offing

cliRajeevan Madhavan Nair, the new secretary in India’s ministry of earth sciences, shares with SciDev.Net plans to improve monsoon forecasting which is vital for agriculture on the sub-continent. He is confident that with increases computation power, using petaflop computers, predictions would be possible for every four kilometres.

By the end of 2016 India will have its own climate assessment model, enabling the country to participate in the next Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment (sixth assessment) by contributing its own model simulations and results. India will also be capable of generating high resolution climate change scenarios for the entire South Asian region, he says.

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