New Delhi, February 08: The Centre for Climate Change Research (CCCR) at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) under the Ministry of Earth Sciences has achieved a significant milestone with the development of the first indigenous Earth System Model (ESM) known as the IITM-ESM, Govt said on Thursday.
This cutting-edge model represents a leap forward in climate research and has been utilized in the latest Sixth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The IITM-ESM marks a pivotal advancement in India’s capabilities for climate change assessment. Its development underscores the nation’s commitment to addressing climate challenges with homegrown expertise and innovation.
Furthermore, the IITM-ESM has played a crucial role in the preparation of the National Climate Change Assessment report, which documents regional climate change projections. This comprehensive report serves as a valuable resource for students, researchers, and policymakers, providing insights into the impacts of climate change and guiding informed decision-making.
Union Minister of Earth Sciences, Kiren Rijiju, highlighted these achievements in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, emphasizing India’s strides in climate research and its dedication to leveraging indigenous capabilities for climate action and sustainable development.
To support the development of such groundbreaking initiatives, the Ministry of Earth Sciences has allocated Rs. 192.28 crores to the IITM-CCCR for the Monsoon Convection, Clouds, and Climate Change (MC4) sub-scheme during the period from 2017 to 2023. This investment underscores the government’s commitment to advancing climate forecasting systems and enhancing India’s resilience to climate variability and change.