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Atmospheric Research Division (ARD) at APSDMA

Andhra Pradesh state being located in tropical country India with its East side Bay of Bengal, it is prone to natural disasters namely Tropical Cyclones with gale winds, heavy rains and storm surges. The state is also prone to atmospheric disaster events like heavy rain events during monsoon seasons, thunderstorms, heat waves and droughts. To monitor and predict these disaster events, to provide necessary support to APSDMA in providing early warnings over Andhra Pradesh, an Atmospheric Research Division (ARD) is established at APSDMA. ARD is receiving daily Satellite cloud images, Doppler weather radar images, data from Auto Weather stations of APSDPS and IMD and from other network stations. Weather model forecast from National and International weather Research models are received for the next 3 days and 7 days and analyzed. Based on this information daily weather forecast is prepared and issued to SEOP, APSDMA to plan daily operations. Special weather bulletins on natural disasters viz., Cyclones, Thunderstorms, floods etc., along with user friendly images / graphical plots are generated using latest Software tools to identify districts / mandals those will be affected. Alert / warning messages are framed to communicate through APSDMA web portal and electronic media. District wise & Mandal wise weather predictions for AP State shall be issued with specific mention on probability of disaster event. In addition to the above activities, ARD is also taking up the following Research & Development activities. Daily Data and products shall be archived and data base shall be generated. Research on disaster events shall be carried out and published. The new findings thus emerged shall be utilised to improve weather event forecast for better disaster management. Invited talks shall be arranged by experts from academic institutes, Universities and research centers. Seminars, Training / workshop to science and technology students, guidance to operational teams shall also be conducted.