Kolkata, April 29: An Atmospheric Science Research Laboratory to measure the ‘rain drop size distribution through Disdrometer’ has been inaugurated at West Begal’s Rampurhat College. This new initiative will help to monitor the lightning occurrence, both cloud to ground and intra cloud lightning.
The Disdrometer is an automatic recording fast response rain gauge to measure the rainfall accumulation and rain intensity, an EFM-350, to measure the electric field of the prevailing convective clouds and LD-350.
The project is under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). The lab was jointly inaugurated by Nagaland’s Parliamentary Secretary for Higher & Technical Education, Deo Nukhu and Minister of Statistics and Program Implementation, West Bengal, Aashis Banerjee.
RUSA is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS), launched in 2013 aims at providing strategic funding to eligible state higher educational institutions.
Nagaland’s Kohima Science College is the lead institute for the project, housing a dedicated Atmospheric Science Research Center to promote interdisciplinary research amongst the faculty members of various colleges in the state. Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) of India provides funds to Nagaland’s state project under the National Higher Education Mission popularly known as RUSA.
The research laboratory inaugurated at Rampurhat College plays a crucial role in network of research stations over the North Eastern and Eastern part of India under the project.
Rampurhat College’s Principal as well as the Investigator of the project outlined the rationale behind the setting up a research laboratory at Rampurhat College by citing a strong regional variability in the properties of convective cloud systems over the northeastern and eastern part of the country.
Nagaland’s Minister, Deo Nukhu stressed on the need for a front ranking research at the regional level in the study of severe weather conditions and its changing patterns in the context of prevailing global warming scenario.