Shillong: The Indian Meteorological Society (IMS) along with the North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) is organising a virtual symposium from December 14-17. The ongoing symposium is on the Tropical Meteorology (TROPMET-2020), with the theme of "Weather and Climate Services over Mountainous Regions." It is being held at NESAC, Shillong, Meghalaya.
Around 450 people registered for the symposium and 315 research paper are being presented. The symposium also arranged for 12 plenary lectures, 13 invited talks by eminent scientists, two memorial lectures, and one popular lecture.
The Chief Guest of the inaugural programme was the Secretary of Ministry of Earth Sciences, Dr M N Rajeevan. The Guest of Honour was the Secretary of North East Council (NEC), Shri Moses K Chalai. The following dignitaries also attended the inauguration programme: Shri P L N Raju, Director of NESAC; Dr D R Pattanaik, Secretary of IMS; Dr M Mohapatra, Director General of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) and the President of IMS.
The speakers spoke about the importance of weather and climate services. The secretary of NEC, Moses K Chalai emphasised on why it is important to improve services and enhance the observatories to deal with the challenge posed by severe weather and climate change conditions.
While Dr Rajeevan talked about various initiatives taken by the IMD and MoES departments. He further focused on the maximum utilisation of modern technology and also, the involvement of the younger generation to deal with climate and weather change in mountainous regions.
The event also received a message from the World Meteorological Department. It was read out by Dr D R Pattanaik. The message said that "The symposium is an important event for fostering coordination on adapting the weather and climate services to meet evolving needs of mountain and downstream regions." The message was from Dr Prof Petteri Taalas, the Secretary-General of WMO.