A second air quality and weather forecast system,developed for Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad,also known as System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research (SAFAR),will be inaugurated on May 1.
The system will be inaugurated and dedicated to the nation by Dr Shailesh Nayak,the Secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences,Government of India,Chairman of Earth System Science Organisation (ESSO) and the Chairman Earth Commission.
Speaking about the first-ever air quality forecasting system,SAFARs Programme Director Dr Gufran Beig said it was developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology,Pune,to provide location-specific forecast at least one to three days in advance,along with advisories and inaugurated during the Commonwealth Games (CWG-2010).
When the local concentrations of air pollutants exceed the certain threshold limit,it can affect the health of all livings beings,including humans. Advance information on air quality,along with weather information,greatly benefits citizens to plan outdoor activities and avoid health hazards. This effort of the ministry has been widely appreciated. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) of the United Nations recognized it as an example in South Asia.
Now the second air-quality and weather forecasting system developed for the twin cities will be inaugurated on May 1. There will also be a release of Puneri AIR,a booklet for common citizens about SAFAR.
The event will also include an innovative concept,where one can find all information on the digital media. One-stop shop for Metro Air Quality Information. An Air Quality and Weather Assessment and Data on Hi-Tech-Digital India will also be made available for the citizens,apart from the launch of the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Service,in which Puneites can get the current as well as 24-hour advance forecast information on air quality and weather of Pune and Delhi on a toll free number.
Digital LED Screens (10 x6) will be set up in 12 different locations across Pune and PCMC,apart from the release of Pune-specific Emission Inventory of Pollutants-2012.
This event is being organized in conjunction with an international Workshop Changing Chemistry in Changing Climate (C4),which will see the participation of more than 250 delegates from all over the world. They will present their latest research in the field of atmospheric chemistry,the Asian Monsoon,climate change as well as the impact of air pollution on health.