Prof. Roddam Narasimha Endowment Lecture by Dr. Madhavan Nair Rajeevan

Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
Professor Roddam Narasimha Endowment Lecture

Title: Indian Summer Monsoon
Speaker: Dr.R. Madhavan Nair Rajeevan
Former Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences &
Government of India
Date & Time: Thursday, the 7th Oct. 2021, 4.00 p.m.
Prof. Govindan Rangarajan, Director, IISc., will preside.

Abstract: In this Professor Roddam Narasimha Endowment Lecture, I will be presenting a comprehensive review of what we know about the Indian summer monsoon and its prediction capabilities. The presentation will include how we define the monsoon, what are the causes, dynamics and theories of monsoon.  The most important aspect of monsoon, the variability on various time scales (diurnal, intra-seasonal, seasonal and decadal) and global teleconnections will be discussed in detail.  The most important results obtained from the Monsoon Field Campaigns (MONTBLEX, ARMEX, BOBMEX, Indo-US and Indo-UK) will be discussed.  In addition, achievements made in monsoon forecasting efforts under the Monsoon Mission will be illustrated with specific case studies.

About the Speaker: Dr. Rajeevan obtained his B.Sc and M.Sc (Physics) degrees from Madurai Kamaraj University and Ph.D from the University of Pune. He joined the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in 1985. He was responsible for preparing the high spatial resolution gridded all India daily rainfall and temperature timeseries and making it publicly available while serving as the Director of the National Climate Centre (IMD), Pune. Then moved to the National Atmospheric Research Laboratory, Gadanki in 2008 where he led the numerical weather forecasting group. Shifted to the Ministry of Earth Sciences as Advisor in 2012 and then briefly served as Director of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune in 2015 before becoming the, Ministry of Earth Sciences Government of India in December 2015. Dr. Rajeevan has made original and significant contributions to Monsoon Variability and Monsoon Prediction including operational long-range forecasts of monsoon seasonal rainfall, Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events, Cloud-Radiation Interaction and Satellite applications, and Aerosol Radiative Forcing. He took a major initiative and provided the leadership for launching the ambitious Indian Deep Ocean Mission aimed at deep ocean exploration of resources and research on Marine Biology and Biodiversity. This initiative will boost the Blue Economy initiatives of the Government of India. He was actively involved in framing up the Arctic and Blue Economy Policies for India. For his scientific contributions, he is honored with the Fellowship of three Indian Science Academies, namely, IASc, INSA and NASI.

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