The World Meteorological Day is observed annually on March 23rd, commemorating the establishment of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on March 23, 1950. It acknowledges the invaluable contribution and essential role of meteorologists in this field. As part of the World Meteorological Day celebrations, a METOC (Meteorological and Oceanographic) seminar named ‘Meghayan-24’ was conducted by the School of Naval Oceanology & Meteorology (SNOM) and the Indian Naval Meteorological Analysis Centre (INMAC) at the Southern Naval Command on March 28, 2024. The seminar focused on the theme ‘At the Frontline of Climate Action‘ as designated by the WMO for the year 2024.

The inaugural address was delivered by Admiral R Hari Kumar, Chief of the Naval Staff, through virtual mode. He emphasized the urgent need for accurate and immediate attention to the pressing challenge of climate change and advocated for collective action towards the common goal of ‘Achieving a Climate Smart Society’ within the global framework for climate services of the WMO. He reiterated the Indian Navy’s commitment to adopting long-term sustainable policies to address environmental concerns and integrating climate change considerations into the security strategy. While stressing the importance of reliable METOC support for safe and optimal Naval operations, he praised the dedicated efforts and contributions of Naval meteorological specialists in providing crucial support across all domains.

The seminar featured presentations by guest speakers Dr. TVS Uday Bhaskar, Scientist G, Indian Naval Centre for Ocean Information System (INCOIS), Hyderabad, and Dr. Ragavendra Ashit, Scientist ‘G’, National Centre for Medium Range Forecasting (NCMRWF), New Delhi. They enlightened the audience on the latest techniques adopted by scientific agencies and the analysis of climate data to assist policymakers in decision-making at the national level. Additionally, panel discussions were held on various topics related to the ‘Effect of Weather and Climate Change on Naval Operations,’ with specialist officers highlighting the latest techniques adopted by the Indian Navy and Indian scientific organizations in providing METOC inputs and forecasts for operational activities.

On this occasion, an indigenous mobile application named INDRA (Indian Naval Dynamic Resource for Weather Analysis) was launched to disseminate weather-related information and forecasts, empowering optimal and quick decision-making. The application was developed by BISAG (Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics) in coordination with the Directorate of Naval Oceanology and Meteorology, Indian Navy. The event was attended by Rear Admiral Upal Kundu, Chief of Staff, Southern Naval Command; Commodore Abhinav Barve, Commodore (NOM), Naval Headquarters; and Mr. Miren Karamta, Director, BISAG. The seminar served as a platform for sharing knowledge and insights on weather and climate services, as well as discussing the way forward to address the challenges of climate change.

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