Lecture Meeting held on 29th June 2015 by Dr. S R Ramanan
Dr. S.R. Ramanan is a post graduate in Physics from Annamalai University. He got his Ph.D from the Madras University in the field of Agricultural Climatology. He joined India Meteorological Department in 1980. He has worked in the Training Division. He has worked as a forecaster in Northern Hemisphere Analysis centre in New Delhi and at Aviation Meteorological Office of Chennai Airport. He was actively involved during the installation of Automatic Message Switching System in the 1995 and consequent to his promotion as Director in the year 2002, joined the Area Cyclone Warning Centre at the Regional Meteorological centre at Chennai. He is a recipient of the "For the sake of Honour Award" from the Rotary club in 2006. He represented India in 1998 in Japan regarding preparation of inventory for green house gases. He represented the country regarding Synergized Standard Operating Procedures for coastal hazards in Bangkok during May 2013.
The Evening Lecture for the month of June was organised on 29th June 2015 at Meenakshi Sundararajan Engineering College, Kodambakkam. Dr. S R Ramanan, Director (Sc. 'E') Area Cyclone Warning Centre Regional Meteorological Centre, Chennai was the speaker and the topic was "Cyclone Forecasting" (The Genesis, Intensification, Track and crossing of the cyclone). Mr. S. Rajasekaran, NIQR Chennai Brach Chairman presided over the session and Mr. C. Sundaravadivelu, NIQR Chennai Branch Treasurer introduced the speaker.
Dr. Ramanan started off with a broad outline of the present scenario of meteorology in different regions of the world and emphasised that India is not far behind other countries in meteorological predictions. He gave a few examples to illustrate how Meteorology serves as a platform for international cooperation.
With interesting pictures, he explained the effects of different types of cyclones and the tracking methodology. He dwelt at length about land subsidence and storm surge. The Q & A session was informative and he signed off with the details about the ElNino effect.