Q1: What are the new initiatives launched by the India Meteorological Department (IMD)?
A1: IMD launched four key initiatives:
National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS) for sharing climate data.
Weather Analysis and Forecast Enabling System (WAFES) Decision Support System.
Panchayat Mausam Seva portal for farmers.
‘Mausam’ app for weather forecasts and extreme weather event risks.
Q2: What is the purpose of the National Framework for Climate Services (NFCS)?
A2: The NFCS facilitates the exchange of climate information between various departments and international partners, enhancing India’s role in climate data sharing and modeling.
Q3: How will the Weather Analysis and Forecast Enabling System (WAFES) Decision Support System help?
A3: WAFES is a platform for visualizing weather forecasts and climate models, providing risk warnings of extreme weather events and their socio-economic impact.
Q4: What is the Panchayat Mausam Seva portal?
A4: This portal, created in collaboration with the Ministry of Panchayat Raj, is designed to help farmers access accurate weather predictions through the gram panchayat system.
Q5: What features does the new ‘Mausam’ app offer?
A5: The ‘Mausam’ app provides weather forecasts, sunrise and sunset timings, and alerts for extreme weather events at the user’s location.
Q6: What is the significance of these initiatives for India?
A6: These initiatives mark IMD’s efforts to enhance climate forecasting, data accessibility, and preparedness for climate change impacts, benefiting everyone from farmers to policymakers.