Research teams from two universities from the UK, in collaboration with Indian scientists, are set to launch a special project to improve the understanding of the impact of ocean and atmospheric phenomena on the Indian monsoon.
Researchers from the University of East Anglia plan to release underwater robots in the Bay of Bengal to monitor the influence of ocean conditions on the monsoon rainfall. A partner project led by scientists from the University of Reading will use aircraft to take atmospheric measurements at the same time, a press statement from the University of East Anglia said.
Scientists from the Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, and the National Institute of Ocean Technology are collaborating on the project.
“The Indian monsoon is notoriously hard to predict… We will be combining oceanic and atmospheric measurements to monitor weather systems as they are generated… This is a truly ground-breaking project,” Prof Adrian Matthews, lead researcher from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, was quoted as saying in the statement. “What we have now are imperfect models for predicting monsoon rainfall when it hits land, so this will create better forecasts,” he said.
The team of researchers is set to sail into the Bay of Bengal for their month-long stay at the sea on Tuesday.