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Author Topic: An Introduction to Meteorology  (Read 11879 times)
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« on: September 13, 2007, 03:15:11 PM »

Meteorology is the science of weather. It is essentially an inter-disciplinary science because the atmosphere, land and ocean constitute an integrated system. The three basic aspects of meteorology are observation, understanding and prediction of weather. There are many kinds of routine meteorological observations. Some of them are made with simple instruments like the thermometer for measuring temperature or the anemometer for recording wind speed. The observing techniques have become increasingly complex in recent years and satellites have now made it possible to monitor the weather globally. Countries around the world exchange the weather observations through fast telecommunications channels. These are plotted on weather charts and analysed by professional meteorologists at forecasting centres. Weather forecasts are then made with the help of modern computers and supercomputers. Weather information and forecasts are of vital importance to many activities like agriculture, aviation, shipping, fisheries, tourism, defence, industrial projects, water management and disaster mitigation. Recent advances in satellite and computer technology have led to significant progress in meteorology. Our knowledge of the weather is, however, still incomplete.

BOOKS TO READ:
1. The Monsoons by Dr P. K. Das, National Book Trust, India, New Delhi, 1995 (Third Edition).

2. Be Weatherwise by Dr S. M. Kulshrestha, National Institute of Science Communication (CSIR),
New Delhi, 1998.
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