India to set up national mission on monsoon: Chavan

July 29th, 2010 - 8:46 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has mooted a proposal to set up a National Mission on Monsoon to develop an advanced system for accurate monsoon forecasting, minister of Earth Sciences Prithviraj Chavan said Thursday.
“The national level implementation mechanism is being worked out and a steering committee shall be constituted for overseeing the Mission implementation,” Chavan told the Rajya Sabha.

Currently, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) uses statistical models for the prediction of seasonal monsoon rainfall over India. However, the National Mission on Monsoon envisages developing India-specific dynamical model framework that would outperform the existing suite of models available today.

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