India Meteorological Department (IMD)

IMD or the India Meteorological Department was established in 1875. It is the National Meteorological Service of the country and the principal government agency in all matters relating to meteorology and allied subjects.

  • India Meteorological Department (IMD) was established in 1875. It is an agency of the Ministry of Earth Sciences of the Government of India.
  • It is the principal agency responsible for meteorological observations, weather forecasting and seismology.
  • IMD is also one of the six Regional Specialized Meteorological Centres of the World Meteorological Organization.
    • The Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC) of Tropical Cyclones in  New Delhi is responsible for naming the cyclones in the northern Indian ocean region.

IMD Headquarters: New Delhi

Objective:

  • To take meteorological observations and to provide current and forecast meteorological information for optimum operation of weather-sensitive activities like agriculture, irrigation, shipping, aviation, offshore oil explorations, etc.
  • To warn against severe weather phenomena like tropical cyclones, norwesters, duststorms, heavy rains and snow, cold and heat waves, etc., which cause destruction of life and property.
  • IMD is mandated to provide meteorological statistics required for agriculture, water resource management, industries, oil exploration and other nation-building activities.
  • To conduct and promote research in meteorology and allied disciplines.
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