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Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in India

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in India

  • Govt. of India has declared Year – 2004 as the “Year of Scientific Awareness”. Vigyan Rail, Scientific Jathas, Interaction of Scientists with common man were some of the activities being taken up to celebrate the year of scientific awareness.
  • Vigyan Rail and Vigyan Mail are Science and Technology Exhibitions on wheels were continued in 2005 to cover a few selected smaller towns throughout the country.
  • Vigyan Prasar was established in 1989 to take up large scale science popularization programs to reach out the masses through mass media.

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in India

  • Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) (1875) is the principal govt. agency in all the matters relating to meteorology, seismology and allied subjects. Its main aim is to provide meteorological information for weather sensitive activities like aviation, shipping, agriculture, irrigation, off – shore oil exploration and industries.
  • India launched a geostationary meteorological satellite METSAT in Sept, 2002 and renamed it KALPANA – 1. Another geostationary (multipurpose) satellite INSAT – 3A was launched in April 2003.
  • A national Satellite Data Center (NSDC) was commissioned w.e.f October 2005 for the archival and supply of INSAT imageries and desired products to the users and research community through a Web Portal.
  • The IMD has a network of 40 RADAS installed throughout the country. Under modernization scheme of RADAR network, one S – Band Doppler Weather Radar Metro 1500S imported from Germany was installed at Vishakhapatnam. There Doppler Radars are already functioning round - the – clock at Chennai, Kolkata and Machilipatnam.
  • A Central Receiving Station (CRS) and a National Seismology Data Base Center (NSSDC) have been established at New Delhi to receive, analyze and systematically archive the seismic data.

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