The Cabinet Committee on economic affairs has approved the implementation of High Performance Computing (HPC) system for improved weather and climate predictions during the 12th plan at a total estimated cost of Rs 567.16 Crore.
The system will be helpful to predict erratic Monsoon which affects Indian agriculture. Thus, the farming community will be able to decide what crop they should sow in a particular weather condition. It would also be helpful in utilising irrigation resources in good manner.
The establishment of HPC system and the enhanced computing infrastructure will enable simulations for improved weather, climate and ocean forecast. It will also help in providing reliable weather and climate services to the end users such as farmers, fishermen and other stakeholders in the government and neighbouring countries.
HPC facility will be available to the academic and research community of the country to undertake developmental work for improving the skill of forecasting.
The system will be implemented in two phases during the 12th Plan. The computational facility will be maintained at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (ESSO-IITM) and the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ESSO-NCMRWF) with access to other ESSO units through the dedicated National Knowledge Network (NKN) linkage.