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Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham inks MoU with IMD for Climate Change Risk Assessment

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

New Delhi: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham :India is one of the ten most disaster prone countries of the world on account of its unique geo-climatic and socio-economic conditions. As per India Disaster Report 2018*, about 58.6% of the region is prone to earthquakes of various intensities, over 12% of the land is exposed to floods and erosion, 8% to cyclones and 68% to droughts. Thus, managing and mitigating the impact of climate change, the associated risks and the multi-hazards is of significant importance and has garnered a lot of global attention in recent times. Adapting ourselves to the rapidly shifting global paradigms with respect to these areas requires interventions from both technological and governance standpoints. Hence, collaborations between academic institutions, and national agencies in expanding research, academics and capacity building with a focus on developing impact-based early warning become the need of the hour.

 

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, ranked the 4th Best Overall University in India in the 2020 NIRF Ranking, and accredited with A++ grade from NAAC in its short history of 18 years, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ministry of Earth Sciences on Climate Change Risk Assessment Modeling and Multi-hazard Management. This MoU addresses this very need of developing theories and solutions for dynamic multi hazard based risk modeling, assessment, and early warning. This collaborative MoU is intended to unveil the interrelationships of multi hazards with extreme weather scenarios and long term climate change impacts with a specific focus on bringing together experts and students alike to leverage technology along with academic frameworks to solve the pressing challenges in these areas.

The MoU, on behalf of Amrita School for Sustainable Development, UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation and Development, Amrita Centre for Wireless Networks and Application, was jointly signed by Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, DGM, IMD, PR of India with World Meteorological Organization (WMO) & Member of Executive Council (EC) WMO and Dr. Maneesha Vinodini Ramesh, Dean, School for Sustainable Development, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.

Speaking about the partnership, Dr. M. Mohapatra said, “We are glad to have an MoU with Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. I hope that collaboration will be helpful in furthering the research in the field especially in multi-hazard early warnings and improvement of weather and climate forecasts. It will also help in capacity building for both organizations.

 

Speaking about the partnership, Dr. P Venkat Rangan, Vice-Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, said, “We are excited to enter into the MoU with India Meteorological Department and are greatly looking forward to the capacity building and degree-awarding programs that are being planned to be rolled out as a part of this collaboration. It is going to immensely benefit the Ph.D. scholars of Amrita School of Sustainable Development as well as the young scientists at IMD”.

 

Elaborating further on the MoU and the benefits, Dr. Maneesha Vinodini Ramesh, said: “Through this partnership, Amrita and IMD will work towards developing a framework for optimized community based disaster resilience using emerging technologies and integration of interdisciplinary domains.  We plan to work together to develop impact based early warning of landslides by heterogeneous data integration and analysis, and develop an ecosystem that will provide the opportunity to share weather forecasts, early warnings and alerts, and devise a crowdsourced mobile application for multi-hazard event management and early warning.

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