The Mumbai centre of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) at Colaba has opened its doors to students pursuing a career in atmospheric and climate sciences.
With state-of-the art technology for weather forecasting and high performance computing systems for meteorological models, undergraduate and post graduate students across India studying subjects such as meteorology, environmental science, engineering and computer science can opt for short term projects and assignments at the Mumbai centre.
With environment science and climate science emerging as an important area of study in the context of global warming and climate change, the initiative will expose students to the less talked about world of meteorology.
“Although some city students do assignments at the Centre, we have decided to formalise the programme and extend it beyond the city. A university system will not be able to give students the same exposure as our centre, which is equipped with the technological know-how and various forecasting facilities,” said V K Rajeev, director, western region. IMD. “This will also get students interested in subject of meteorology.”
The Regional Meteorological Centre in Mumbai is among six IMD centres that provide weather related services to the states of Maharashtra (excluding Vidarbha), Goa and Gujarat and sectors such as aviation, agriculture, shipping and fisheries.