Friday, June 05, 2020

IMD and IndiGo airlines sign MoU for aircraft observations

Flight operations needed for gathering data for meteorological services have picked up as the government allows resumption of services in a phased manner across the country.

The two-month-long nationwide lockdown had impacted some synoptic observations and flight observations needed for meteorological services, forecasts and predictions.

“Like elsewhere, aircraft observations in India, too, fell appreciably. However, with some flight operations now resuming, the data gathering has picked up. But even during the lockdown, satellite observations were available,” said M Rajeevan, secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES).

He was speaking at a talk organised by the India Meteorological Society on ‘Covid-19 and Meteorology’, on World Environment Day on Friday.

Barring aircraft observations, other meteorological observations in India were not largely hampered, he added.

Recently, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) inked an MoU with IndiGo airlines, under which the latter will conduct aircraft observations.
05/06/20 Indian Express
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