Weather forecasting is more than just predicting monsoon rainfall. Frequent extreme weather events induced by climate change underline the importance of timely and accurate forecasts for a range of weather phenomena.
The tremendous improvement in predicting cyclones and heat waves has saved thousands of lives. But effective forecasts of cloudbursts or urban flooding remain a challenge.
The availability of relevant weather-related information is critical for India to cope with adverse and extreme weather events, and to plan its long-term development pathways.
Do we have the human and technological resources to meet the challenge?
Are we investing enough in dealing with climate change?
How could climate forecasting change in the short and long terms?
Listen to Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General of the India Meteorological Department answer these questions and more.
Dr Mohapatra will be in conversation with Amitabh Sinha, Resident Editor, Pune, of The Indian Express