`QUALITYHUMANPOWER NEEDED FOR STUDIES'
teraction.Next year,we shall undertake three major field experiments in collaboration with British institutions to understand the atmosphere,aerosols and upper oceans over the Indian region. mosphere-ocean interactions, such as sea surface temperatures,humidity,air pressure and radiations. We have about 160 submersible floats that are deployed under water and track measurements on their way back to the surface. We also receive data from about 600 submersible floats deployed at different locations around the Indian Ocean by other countries.We have started installing Automated Weather Stations (aws) on ships to obtain measurements, such as atmospheric pressure, wind velocity, humidity, sea surface temperatures, radiations, from different directions. We have already installed aws on about 20 ships and are in the process of expansion. We have signed an mou with the Shipping Corporation of India to install aws on their ships. All these data are crucial in running Numerical Weather Prediction models and improving their accuracy.
One of our current projects is part of an IndoUS collaboration to study ocean mixing in the Bay of Bengal, which is peculiar in its high freshwater content.We are one of several Indian and American institutes to be involved in this project to study airsea interactions over the Bay of Bengal and its impact on the Indian monsoon. We have 20 persons collecting and assimilating data. What is required is not necessarily more capital, but quality humanpower which is largely lacking in climate studies.
(Interviews conducted by Shreeshan Venkatesh and portraits by