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IIT Bombay signs MOU with IMD for developing user-friendly weather forecasting apps

2 May 2022

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has tied up with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India, to develop climate solutions for the stakeholder at the village, city and district levels. The collaboration will help the institute to develop sensors and drone-based smart monitoring systems, climate-smart agriculture technology for water and food security, intelligent and automated early warning systems, climate and health, smart power grid management, wind energy and heatwave forecasts.

The partnership is also expected to yield climate forecast and information-based smart applications for different sectors such as agriculture, farming and irrigation, health, etc. using technologies such as AI and ML, etc; meteorological aviation, observational and instrumentation applications; and climate change policy information and human resource development

Given the country's ambitious target of reaching net-zero by 2070, IIT Bombay aims to establish a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Climate Services and Solutions within the Interdisciplinary Program in Climate Studies (IDPCS). The collaboration was part of the 10-year anniversary celebrations of IDPCS at IIT Bombay on April 2, 2022. IDPCS was set up in 2012 and has completed its 10-year journey with financial support from the Department of Science and Technology.

IIT Bombay has also set up the first-ever Chair Professorship in Climate Studies. The Chair titled "Vinaya and Samir Kapoor Chair in Climate Studies" has been set up with a generous donation from IIT Bombay's alumni Ms. Vinaya Kapoor (B.Tech., Chemical Engineering, 1992) and Mr. Samir Kapoor (B. Tech., Electrical Engineering, 1992), and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on March 31, 2022 for the same.