Recently, IITM had taken a lead to successfully develop and implement the SYSTEM of AIR POLLUTION monitoring and FORECASTING (SAFAR) to understand the current level of air pollution and to forecasting their level 24-48h in advance during the Commonwealth Games 2010 held in Delhi. Other than the operational service during the Commonwealth games, the SAFAR system revealed many scientific results which points towards the deteriorating air quality in the Metropolitan cities like Delhi, which could have adverse effect on the health as well as agriculture yield and closely linked to climate change on long run. One of the most important conclusions of these scientific finding is that regular SAFAR system is essential not only as public information tool but also useful in enhancing our scientific understanding on spatio-temporal variation of several pollutants. This work is proposed to extend the SAFAR in other metropolitan cities including some big cities in India. This will be accomplished using both dense observational network and high resolution air chemistry-transport forecasting model. To forecast the accurate status of air quality development of high resolution emissions inventories of important gaseous and particulate pollutants arealso proposed.
Operation of Air Quality forecast services through dynamic web based portals and public display systems.
The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) will coordinate and lead the effort for the development of SAFAR system and continue its effort in improving the skill of forecasts. NCMRWF will help in providing the boundary conditions for coupled weather model using GFS and also help in assimilation of air quality and weather data. Once SAFAR system is fully developed and tested for operations, it will be transferred to India Meteorological Department (IMD) for operational services. Provisions for funding the National as well as the international partners will be year marked for improving the parameterization of chemical transport models and implementing the global MACC boundary conditions to initialize the online CTM for air quality forevasting. These partners will be allowed to use the HPC facility at IITM.
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|Name of the Scheme||2012-13||2013-14||2014-15||2015-16||2016-17||Total|
|Metropolitan Air Quality and Weather Service||25.00||30.00||20.00||10.00||5.00||90.00|
Last Updated On 04/07/2015 - 12:53