Pune’s IITM to Develop Models for Agri Prediction, Water Management

Pune’s IITM to Develop Models for Agri Prediction, Water Management

As part of the monsoon mission project, IITM, Pune, is presently conducting research for developing an application which would help in analysing the crop yield, pests and diseases that can affect crops, river basin run-off, ways of managing water reservoirs among other things. 

The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, will soon be developing models which could predict crop pattern, help water resource management and natural disaster prediction.

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As part of the monsoon mission project, IITM, Pune, is presently conducting research for developing an application which would help in analysing the crop yield, pests and diseases that can affect crops, river basin run-off, ways of managing water reservoirs among other things. 

Ministry of earth sciences (MoES), government of India has launched the ‘National Monsoon Mission’ (NMM) with a vision to develop a state-of-the-art dynamical prediction system for monsoon rainfall on different time scales. MoES has bestowed the responsibility of execution and coordination of this mission on the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune. 

Currently, the second phase of this project has started. Officials from IITM, Pune, said that one of the major objectives of monsoon mission is to improve operational monsoon forecast and develop relevant climate applications for agriculture, hydrology and power sectors. 

Ravi S Nanjundiah, director, IITM Pune, said that the second phase of the monsoon mission has just started. 

“Our emphasis is on doing more research for developing climate applications which can be of help at the ground level. We are currently focusing on two important aspects, firstly, the agriculture predictions and secondly predictions for water resource management,” said Nanjundiah. 

“The water resource predictions can help analyse the river basin runoff, managing reservoirs among other things,” he added. 

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