With more training programmes to be extended to scientists with emphasis on better forecast,the third South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (Sascof) commenced at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM). With the first two addressing the capacity building in the region followed by intenstive training of MET officials,the meet this year too looks at coming up with a consensus in the forecast for the region.
The aim of this meet is to come out with a consensus and better interaction between all MET scientists, said Dr Ajit Tyagi,adviser and professor chair to MoES at the meet held in the city on Thursday. The meet is on for two days, April 19-20 where scientists will debate on the patterns and models of rainfall in 2012. The Sascof,an annual affair,analyses the pattern of south-west monsoon over the Indian sub-continent and its inputs are considered valuable in understanding the pattern of rainfall in the region. This year has participants from Myanmar and SAARC weather forum for discusions.
Last year,Sascof was held between April 13-15 and a consensus was given that the rainfall was to be in a normal range. The training workshop was attended by representatives from six South Asian countries,Bangladesh,Bhutan,India,Maldives,Nepal,and Sri Lanka. The forum deliberates on various observed and emerging climatic features that are known to influence the performance of the monsoon,such as sea-surface temperature conditions over the equatorial Pacific and the Indian Oceans,winter and spring snow cover and surface temperature anomalies over the Northern Hemisphere.