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Atmospheric Testbed Facility

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: IE

 Context: India inaugurated an atmospheric testbed facility near Bhopal and a Coastal Research Laboratory (CRL) in Visakhapatnam.


What is Atmospheric Testbed Facility?

About Atmospheric Research Testbed Description
Establishment Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), MoES at Silkheda to study cloud systems and monsoon patterns, aiding in climate forecasts
Instrumentation An extensive set of remote-sensing and in-situ instruments providing continuous observations of convection, clouds, precipitation, soil moisture, radiation, and microphysics.
 A Ka-band cloud radar and a C-band Doppler weather radar will aid in tracking the movement of rain-bearing systems in the area.
Phases First phase: Set up in central India to study convection, land-atmosphere interactions, and precipitation processes.
Second phase: Planned for the northeast/eastern part of the country to study severe thunderstorm processes.
Objectives Better understanding of processes governing monsoon convection and land-atmosphere interactions.
Organizing intense observational campaigns and model runs to improve physical parameterizations related to convection and land surface processes
Outreach, Training, and Dissemination of ART-CI data sets.
Instruments Approximately 25 high-end instruments were installed for aerosol studies, cloud measurements, rain radar, and weather radar to track rain-bearing systems.