Dr. M.S. Madhusoodanan
Dr. M.S. Madhusoodanan is a climate researcher who is a Fellow with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). He is also serving as adjunct faculty at the Department of Natural Resources, TERI University. He has over tweleve years of Post-doctoral research experience at various research/academic institutions which include National University of Singapore (NUS), Nansen Environmental Research Centre (India), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology- Delhi. His research interests include Indian summer monsoon variability, land surface processes, tropical convection, large-scale ocean-atmosphere interactions, short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) and climate change. He is the principal investigator of many projects in TERI which include the National Monsoon Mission project funded by Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India (MoES), and Integrated systems framework project funded by The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). He is trained in Physical Oceanography, Atmospheric Science, GIS and Remote Sensing.
Models for early warnings and disaster preparedness
The foremost component to disaster risk reduction is early warning. Weather forecasting and climate projections have a vital role to play in disaster risk reduction and mitigation. Precise indication of the intensity of an extreme event and when and where it would occur is still a great challenge to the modeling community. Significant improvements have been made in recent years in weather forecasts by improving the model physics, spatial resolution and data assimilation from good quality meteorological observations. Climate projections in various plausible scenarios allow the decision makers to plan better for the near future. The talk will focus on the importance of weather forecasting and climate projections/regional downscaling using high resolution dynamical models in disaster management.