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Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological Systems inaugurated at INS Garuda

The Indian Navy has unveiled the Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) at INS Garuda, naval air station located in Kochi, Kerala. It is overall fourth air station installed with this integrated system.

IAAMS is ambitious project of Indian Navy to modernise Meteorological infrastructure of 9 Naval Air Stations (NAS). It is expected to bring accuracy in weather monitoring mechanism in the Indian Navy.

Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS)

IAAMS is equipped with state-of-the-art meteorological sensors viz., Radar Vertical Wind Profiler, Ceilometer, Transmissometer and Automatic Weather Observation System. It undertakes automatic and continuous recording of relevant weather parameters that are vital for accurate weather forecasting.

It has a special alarm feature that alerts the duty staff during abnormal change of weather parameters that may affect safe flying operations. It can also provide automatic dissemination of routine weather reports as per standards of World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) to other air stations and Air Traffic Controller towers without human intervention.

Background

The IAAMS is ambitious project of Indian Navy to modernise meteorological infrastructure of 9 NASs. Installation of the system at remaining 5 stations and is expected to be completed by March 2019. After completion, the project will give a major fillip to aviation safety, through automation of weather monitoring process.

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23 March observed as World Meteorological Day

Every year March 23 is observed as World Meteorological Day (WMD). Theme for this year is Climate Knowledge for Climate Action.

This year’s theme assumes special significance to disseminate Climate Change related knowledge in order to take appropriate mitigation and adaptation actions related to it.

On the occasion of WMD, various meteorological research awards are also given. These awards include International Meteorological Organization Prize, Professor Dr. Vilho Vaisaila Award and Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award.

Background

On this day in 1950 the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Convention came into force that aimed at creating WMO. Later in 1951, WMO became United Nations specialized agency for meteorology, geophysical sciences and operational hydrology.

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