MoES launches high resolution, global deterministic model for weather forecasts

Q.  A new weather prediction by MoES has been made operational with what resolution?
- Published on 17 Jan 17

a. 25 km
b. 12 km
c. 10 km
d. None of the above

ANSWER: 12 km
MoES launches high resolution, global deterministic model for weather forecastsMinistry of Earth Sciences has made a high resolution (12 km) global deterministic model for forecast generation of weather operational.

New model has now replaced the earlier version which had a horizontal resolution of 25 km.

The operational Ensemble Prediction System will also be upgraded to 12 km to overcome forecast uncertainties.

Multiple forecasts will now be generated with slight variations, helping to generate probabilistic forecasts and quantify the uncertainties.

The ministry provides weather, climate and hydrological services to various users round the year.

Both operational and research aspects for these services are implemented through various organizations namely:
  • India Meteorological Department (IMD),
  • National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF),
  • Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) and
  • Indian National Centre for Ocean Information System (INCOIS).
Research is on at IITM, NCMRWF and IMD on weather prediction model development and data assimilation methods.

Data from international and Indian satellites are being assimilated in the weather prediction models.

Besides, the IMD has established an effective mechanism for dissemination of weather and climate forecasts to different stakeholders using different communication channels.

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  • Formed: 1875
  • Jurisdiction: Government of India
  • Headquarters: Mausam Bhavan, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
  • Annual budget: ₹3.52 billion (US$52 million) (2011)
  • DG: Dr. K.J. Ramesh
  • Department: Ministry of Earth Sciences
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