National Symposium on Weather & Climate Extremes at Chandigarh from February 15-18, 2015

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NewZNew (Chandigarh – Kulbir Singh Kalsi) : The Indian Meteorological Society(IMS)  in collaboration with Panjab University Chandigarh and Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), Defence Research & Developemnt Organisation  (DRDO) Chandigarh will be organizing TROPMET 2015, a National Symposium on the theme “Weather and Climate Extremes” from February 1518, 2015 at Chandigarh.   Addressing the media   today at Chandigarh  in this regard, Shri Ashwagosha Ganju, Director SASE said that the  Indian Meteorological Society has been conducting such annual seminars on Tropical Meteorology on a variety of themes every year since 1992 to highlight the interface between science and technology, and weather and climate with a view to ensuring a safe existence for humanity.

Dr T Ramasami, Former Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India will inaugurate the symposium at Panjab University Chandigarh. Prof Arun Grover, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh shall preside; Dr L S Rathore, Director General, India Meteorological Department, New Delhi shall be the Guest of Honor.

Over a period of four days more than 400 eminent scholars, operational meteorologists, researchers, planners, hydrologists, agriculturists, disaster managers, instrumentation scientists and technology developers are expected to exchange their views on the subject.  The themes to be deliberated on include climate change, forecasting weather extremes, sectoral applications of weather extremes and vulnerability and risk assessment.

A special highlight is the introduction of the Ruchi Ram Sahni Memorial Lecture in honour of Sh. Ruchi Ram Sahni, the first Indian Meteorologist.  It will be an annual feature henceforth.  The lecture will be delivered by Prof. Ashok Sahni, Prof Emeriuts, Panjab University, Chandigarh and an eminent paleontologist.

The technical sessions will be conducted at the Seminar Halls at ICSSR Complex and the Golden Jubilee Hall.  A total of 108 papers have been selected for oral presentation while 87 have been selected for poster presentation. In addition, there will be nine plenary talks, 54 special invited talks and 5 special lectures. Delegates from all parts of India and abroad will be part of the interaction.

Chairperson of Local Organising Committee for the symposium, Professor Karanjot Kaur Brar, Department of Geography,  (Panjab University, Chandigarh and Chairperson Indian Meteorological Society, Chandigarh Chapter, Sh. S.C. Bhan, Joint Secretary, IMS   and  Mr Surender Paul, Director, India Meteorological Department, Chandigarh, the Convener of the Symposium were also present on the occasion.