Prof. Dr. Elena Surovyatkina, leader of the Monsoon Research Group at the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research in Germany presented the new methodology, which allows
forecasting of the monsoon onset and withdrawal dates for 40 and 70 days in advance respectively.
Prof Surovyatkina is also a leading researcher at the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.
Deputy Chief of Mission Dr. Jasper Wieck welcomed the audience to this 30th edition of Science Circle Lectures organized together by the German Embassy and the German Centre for Research and Innovation (DWIH). He said: “Predicting the monsoon would be a blessing for the people living in India and the whole region.
Precise monsoon forecasts are crucial for farmers and for
economic growth. But even more important: These forecasts would improve civil emergency planning and thereby help avoiding the tragic loss of human lives.”
Indo-German scientific relations have become ever closer in recent years. According to latest figures, more than 17,500 Indian students are now enrolled at German universities - a figure that has doubled in just five years. There are around 400 partnerships between German and Indian universities.