Recently, IIT Bombay entered into collaboration with India Meteorological Department (IMD) to develop climate solutions at the village, city, and district levels.
The expected outcomes of the collaboration?
- Sensors and Drone-based Smart Monitoring System
- Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) technology for water and food security
- Intelligent and automated early warning systems
- Climate and Health
- Smart power grid management
- Wind energy and heatwave forecasts
- Climate forecast and information-based smart applications for different sectors.
- Meteorological aviation, observational and instrumentation applications.
- Climate change policy information, and human resource development.
What is Climate-smart agriculture (CSA)?
It is an integrated approach to managing landscapes that address the interlinked challenges of food security and climate change. It aims to simultaneously achieve three outcomes:
- Increased agricultural productivity to improve nutrition security and boost incomes.
- Enhanced resilience and reduced vulnerability to climate-related risks and shocks.
- Reduced emissions and identify ways to absorb carbon out of the atmosphere.
What is IIT Bombay’s Interdisciplinary Program in Climate Studies (IDPCS)?
- IDPCS was set up in 2012 and has completed its 10-year journey with major financial support from the Department of Science and Technology.
- IIT Bombay aims to establish a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Climate Services and Solutions within IDPCS that will leverage the expertise of its students and faculty members to conduct solution-oriented research.
- IT Bombay also established the first-ever Chair Professorship in climate studies, titled “Vinaya and Samir Kapoor Chair in Climate Studies”, which will greatly benefit IDPCS.