NIAS Wednesday Discussion - Dr Amit Kumar Patra will speak on “Atmospheric research - Current activities and new initiatives at NARL”

NIAS Wednesday Discussion



Topic:              Atmospheric research - Current activities and new initiatives at NARL


Speaker:          A K Patra

Director, National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL), Tirupati


Chairperson:   P G Diwakar

                        ISRO Chair Professor, NIAS


Date:               01 September 2021 


Time:              4.00 PM 


Meeting Link: Click here to join the meeting


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Abstract: Research activities in atmospheric science are growing rapidly in our country to address unresolved science questions, understanding the changing patterns of weather and climate, and meeting societal applications. An increasing number of ground-based and balloon-borne observations across the country and space-borne observations have made remarkable contributions in understanding the spatio-temporal variability of atmospheric parameters and processes. In the recent past, we have been facing several challenges linked to extreme weather and rainfall, changing patterns of cyclone, pollution, and lightning. These have raised demands of quality measurements, physical understanding, modelling and improved forecasting skills. This talk will provide an overview of the current research activities, and scientific programmes at NARL, aimed to address some of the above-mentioned issues. Importantly, this talk will cover the unique observational and computational facilities including the indigenously developed state-of-the-art instruments at NARL for conducting cutting-edge research in the atmospheric and space sciences. It will also outline the recently initiated scientific programmes of national importance and the approaches to address a variety of problems, which might open up opportunities to initiate collaborative research with other institutions on both the scientific and application front.


About the speaker:  Dr Amit Kumar Patra is currently the Director of the National Atmospheric Research Laboratory, Tirupati, an institution of the Department of Space, Government of India. He did his doctorate from the Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupati. His current areas of research include atmospheric and ionospheric physics, ionospheric electrodynamics and plasma irregularities, space weather, radar-probing techniques and allied subjects. He is a Fellow of INSA, IASc and a member of various committees and advisory boards of ISRO and other institutions. He is also research supervisor at several institutions, including IIST, SV University, Pune University, University of Calcutta, Satyabhama University, SRM University and Andhra University.


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For further info, please contact Prof Anindya Sinha [] or Shri K S Rama Krishna [], Coordinators of the NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings. 


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Wednesday, September 1, 2021