Situated in the north-west neighbourhood of Pune City and partially surrounded by small hills, IITM is a scenic campus of more than 200 acres of land with extensive lawns and walking areas within the campus and a variety of species of trees, birds and butterflies.
IITM is well-connected to various parts of Pune City. Several other academic institutions such as National Chemical Laboratory and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) are also located near to IITM. IITM campus comprises of office buildings that include workplaces of scientists, administrators and supporting staff, laboratories, library and information services, high-performance computing facilities, research centres etc. in addition to the adjoining residential area for scientists and staff.
Excellence in ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE
IITM is the place to be for atmospheric science research in India. IITM is the centre of excellence in monsoon meteorology. IITM research is from the climate research to the observational meteorology of clouds and precipitation and laboratory studies. IITM has currently 150 Scientists and over 50 support staff in different research areas of monsoon.
Research on cloud and precipitation research has started in the early years by founder Director, Prof. Pisharoty with a quest to understand the monsoon clouds. Later, Director Prof. Sikka, took it forward in the 70’s to investigate the cloud seeding prospects in India. The monsoon is heterogeneous in space and time and the thrust area of IITM is to understand different types of monsoon variability and increase the predictability/ reduce the uncertainty of weather and climate prediction. IITM has over 50 students and young research fellows working on various research topics related to monsoon.
OUR RESEARCH... meteorology from monsoon to droplets...
There are ongoing work in the development of an earth system model, which is projected for IPCC. The prediction of seasonal and extended range (20 days) and short range (3 days) forecasting systems of monsoon are established. The research carried out with numerical models for large scale to smallest scale, i.e. covering clouds from several hundreds of kilometers to a small cloud droplet, supporting the fundamental research in this area. Clouds are the largest uncertainty in the numerical models and the institute has a flourishing program on the aerosol and cloud physics involving field campaigns, observatory for long term monitoring and laboratory for fluid dynamics and cloud physics.
IITM has conducted the airborne observational program on clouds and precipitation during the Cloud Aerosol Interaction and Precipitation Enhancement Experiment (CAIPEEX) for over 10 years. It has India’s first High Altitude Cloud Physics Laboratory, setup for long term observations of cloud, aerosol, radiation, atmospheric dynamics, etc. IITM has also made significant understanding on the electrification in thunderstorms. IITM also has a well-established WMO recognized chemistry program for urban air pollution monitoring and prediction. There is a Fluxnet (for surface atmosphere exchange) observational program, which has a network of surface and atmospheric carbon flux sites.
IITM is well equipped with facilities to handle international conferences having parallel sessions. The institute has one state-of-the-art auditorium Meghdoot (named after the monsoon poetry masterpiece by the renowned ancient Indian poet Kalidas) that can comfortably accommodate around 500 participants for inaugural session, plenary talks, keynote address, valedictory and panel discussion etc.
Two well-equipped halls -Aaryabhatta and Varahamihir (named after the legendary ancient Indian mathematician and astronomer) can accommodate up to 80 and 120 participants respectively for parallel sessions. Meghdoot auditorium houses two more halls with flat floor where parallel sessions of about 60 participants each can be accommodated. In addition, smaller/informal sessions (about 20 participants) may be organized in the state-of-the-art training rooms in the HPC building. All the above auditorium/halls are equipped with high-quality audio-visual equipment as well as arrangements for poster sessions and exhibition.
The accommodation options are available in three types. The accommodation in the resorts, hotels, guest houses or student homes etc. are available. IITM has a new 10 story house Prithvi, which has 215 single occupancy rooms for students and researchers and 12 guest rooms and has all inhouse facilities such as Canteen, WiFi, Gymnasium, Outdoor area, etc.IITM Flyer | Visit IITM Website