The four-day International Tropical Meteorology Symposium (Intromet 2021) on “Climate Change: Consequences and Challenges”, will start here on Tuesday, under the auspices of Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) and the Society Indian meteorological.
Cusat Advanced Center for Atmospheric Radar Research director S. Abhilash said on Monday that leading scientists from around the world would attend the symposium, which would be held primarily online, given the lingering pandemic restrictions.
Dr Abhilash said the global challenge of climate change and its consequences must be tackled locally. Kerala has witnessed the impact of climate change, with the 2013 monsoon giving a taste of the floods that occurred in 2018 and 2019. The years 2015 and 2016 were marked by drought conditions in the state. This was followed by Cyclone Ockhi which hit the coast of Kerala in 2017.
The impact of climate change has been observed most significantly in the intensity of the rains received in various parts of Kerala, said Dr Abhilash. He said rains during the monsoon season registered a 16% deficit, but October, November and December, which typically saw around 60cm of rain, received almost double the quantum.
Scientists and researchers from 16 countries will present 600 papers during the four-day event. Of these, around 100 papers will come from scientists and researchers outside of India.
The secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Mr. Ravichandran, and the former secretary, Mr. Rajeevan, will speak at the symposium on the opening day.