IMD launches “Climate Data Service Portal” on World Meteorological Day

What is the News?

India Meteorological Department(IMD) launches the Climate Data Service Portal on the occasion of World Meteorological Day.

About Climate Data Service Portal:
  • Aim: Climate Data Service Portal serves as an integrated platform that aims to provide weather and climate services to the users.
  • Developed by: India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune
Components of the Climate Data Service Portal:

The major components of the portal are:

  • Real-Time monitoring of weather observations recorded by IMD Observatories.
  • Online access to meteorological data through Data Supply Portal.
  • Free download facility for Gridded Temperature and Rainfall Data of India.
  • Climatological Tables, Extremes and Normal.
  • Information on Monsoon Rainfall and Cyclone frequencies among others.
About India Meteorological Department (IMD):
  • India Meteorological Department (IMD) was established in 1875. It is an agency of the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
  • It is the principal agency responsible for meteorological observations, weather forecasting, and seismology.
About World Meteorological Organization(WMO):
  • Firstly, World Meteorological Organization(WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is responsible for promoting international cooperation in atmospheric science, climatology, hydrology, and geophysics.
  • Secondly, WMO originated from the International Meteorological Organization (IMO). The idea of IMO comes from the Vienna International Meteorological Congress, 1873.
  • Thirdly, WMO was then established by the ratification of the WMO convention in 1950. After that, the organization became a specialized agency of the United Nations(UN) in 1951.
  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
About World Meteorological Day:
  • World Meteorological Day is observed on March 23rd every year. It is observed to mark the establishment of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
  • The theme for 2021: The Ocean, Our Climate, and Weather.

Source: PIB

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