India - Varsamana Project
CONTEXT OF THE PROJECT
The Varsamana Project falls within a wider project launched by the Meteorological Department of India (IMD) in 2006 in order to modernize itself, provide better service to Indian citizens and efficient support to all weather-sensitive economic sectors.
The Varsamana Project can be considered as the cornerstone of the IMD Modernization Program. It focuses on providing core information systems and creating a unique, integrated and state-of-the-art meteorological ecosystem.
MFI intervenes as a turnkey project integrator and is in charge of:
- Setting up state-of-the-art and completely integrated information systems at a central level in New Delhi, as well as in 6 Regional Centers, 2 Meteorological Centers and 2 airports.
- Reinforcing IMD's capabilities as well as service capacity through extensive training programs and transfer of know-how.
The project has a national coverage as shown on the map bellow:
BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT
- A global and state-of-the-art meteorological ecosystem able to integrate new and existing systems and to handle data of all kinds in order to create added value for the country.
- A new organization for IMD focused on end-users and on public weather and climate services. Indian citizen, but also numerous economic sectors (agriculture first) will benefit from better and more tailored forecasting, as well as from an improved warning system.
- A higher level of skill and expertise for IMD acquired through the transfer of know-how organized by MFI, in collaboration with Météo-France, one the most advanced national meteorological services in the world.
- A new place for IMD on the meteorological international scene: with the significant upgrade of its upper atmosphere observation network, IMD is actively contributing to improved world weather and climate forecast. IMD is also on the track for becoming the GISC of WMO for South-Asia.
KEY FACTS & FIGURES
Head Quarters (HQ) in New Delhi
National Center (NC) in Pune
6 Regional Centers (RMC): Guhawati, Mumbai, Chennai, Nagpur, Kolkata, New Delhi
2 Meteorological Centers (MC): Dehra Dun, Bhubaneshwar
2 Airports: Kolkota, New Delhi
Information Systems implemented
Transmet - AMSS (HQ)
Synergie - Forecasting (HQ, NC, RMC)
CIPS - Data & Task Center (HQ)
Clisys - CDMS (NC + mirror copy at HQ)
MeteoFactory® - PWS / EWS (HQ, RMC)
TVMet / Visumet (HQ)
Observation Systems implemented
5 Upper-Air Sounding Stations
Patna, Goa, Hederabad, Minicoy, Wishakhapatnam
THE PROJECT IN PICTURES