The World Meteorological Day 2021 on the theme “The Ocean, Our Climate and Weather” was celebrated at UCOST, Vigyan Dham, Jhajra, Dehradun in semi virtual mode on 23rd March, 2021. The theme has been chosen by WMO to reflect the organization’s focus on “connecting the ocean, climate and weather within the Earth System.” The World Meteorological Organisation, WMO was established in 1950 on March 23. Since its inception, the day has been observed as World Meteorological Day. WMO, an intergovernmental organization has a membership of 193 Member States and Territories. Chief Guest of the program was Dr K.S. Misra, Executive Director, NUREMCO & Former Distinguished Professor, UPES, Dehradun. Director General UCOST, Dr Rajendra Dobhal welcomed the Chief Guest and all the participants attending through offline and online modes. He told that Dr Misra is a well known geologist in the country. Dr Dobhal said that now we can plan our day-to- day activities as per the weather forecast conditions, this could happen just because of recent development in the area of meteorology. In his keynote lecture on “The Ocean, Our Climate and Weather”, Dr Misra said that the day highlights the importance of the behavior of Earth’s atmosphere. Nowadays we are fully dependent on weather forecasting. Radar signaling is very important in weather forecasting. With advancement of technology now, it’s easy to predict accurate weather forecast. He talked about jet streams, western disturbances and science behind polar vortex. He also said that with the help of snow cover mapping and variability study we can find out the amount of accumulation of total snow in a particular year and can predict the availability of water in rivers originating from those snow mountains. He also enlightened on water channels of India. He also talked about ground penetrating radar and its application in finding underground water streams. He highlighted the feature of Cyclone and Anti-Cyclone in prospect of equator on the earth. He said that according to scientists and researchers we can control climate upto 2% by a proper planning & forestation, this is in our hand.
The meeting ended with vote of thanks to the chair by Dr. D.P.Uniyal, Joint Director. Dr Aparna Sharma, Sr. Scientific Officer coordinated the program. Sh G.S.Rautela, Advisor Science City, Dehradun; Dr B.P. Purohit, Advisor, DBT Skill Vigyan Program, Dr Ashutosh Mishra, Sh. Amit Pokhariyal, Dr Piyush Joshi and all the council staff were present during the program. 100 participants from different institutions virtually joined the program.