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India, U.S. ink deal to improve weather and monsoon forecasts

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India and US: Indian and American bodies, on August 10, 2021,  signed an agreement on monsoon data analysis and cooperation.

Key Details:

  • The two bodies would enhance technical cooperation for improving weather forecasts.
  • The agreement was signed by India’s National Institute of Ocean Technology Director, G.A. Ramadass, and the U.S. Assistant Administrator for Research and Acting Chief Scientist, Craig McLean of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • The two bodies would enhance technical cooperation in the development of the Research Moored Array for African-Asian-Australian Monsoon Analysis and Prediction (RAMA) and the Ocean Moored buoy Network in the northern Indian Ocean (OMNI) for improving weather and monsoon forecasts between NOAA and India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences.

Background:

  • The agreement is a follow-up to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Ministry of Earth Sciences and NOAA last October for Technical Cooperation in Earth Observations and Earth Sciences.
  • The MoU had been signed by India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and Dr. Neil A Jacobs, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Acting Administrator, NOAA.

About National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

  • NOAA is an American scientific agency working under the United States Department of Commerce.
  • It focuses on the conditions of oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere.
  • It warns about the dangerous weather, charts seas and guides on use & protection of ocean & coastal resources.
  • It also conducts research to provide the understanding and improve stewardship of the environment.

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