Dr. V.S. Prasad

Senior Scientist

Dr V.S. Prasad is working as Scientist-G at National Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), MoES, India. He persuaded M.Sc and Ph.D in Meteorology from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam and Post-Doctoral studies at Kyoto University, Osaka, Japan. At NCMRWF, he is working in the field of Data Assimilation with special emphasis on satellite Meteorology. He built Satellite data reception and processing system at NCMRWF for data sets from NOAA, USA, EUMETSAT and JMA. He also played important role in building Global Data assimilation systems at NCMRWF. He also played important role in popularizing the concept of Potential Fishing zones (PFZ) in India during his brief stint at NRSC, Hyderabad. Dr. Prasad has to his credit many Scientific research Papers and receipt of many awards, namely, Dr. B.N Desai Medal and N. Melachthon Philip award from Andhra University (1987-89), JSPS fellowship( 2003-2005), Certificate of Merit from MoES (2008) and Biennial Mausam award from IMD (2014-15).

Section Chief, Space Applications Section, Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific since 2011.

Abstract of Speech

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is mandated to provide the nation (India) with best possible services in forecasting the monsoons and other weather/climate parameters, ocean state, earthquakes, tsunamis and other phenomena related to earth systems. To achieve the mandate MoES is maintaining its meteorological and Oceanographic observational networks in the country. The full needs of the country cannot be met solely through its own observing system, observations from others are essential, and interdependency on global observations increasing rapidly especially in the field of Meteorology, Oceanography and climate studies. Recognising the importance of international Cooperation in the Earth observations, MoES became member in various international organisations like World Metrological Organiastion (WMO), The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). Further, for meeting the ever increasing demand for the satellite observations it also become member in coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) and Committee on Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS). Special arrangements are made to exchange bulk satellite data sets directly from the International Satellite agencies, such as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA and EUMETSAT, Europe etc. Regionally satellite data is exchanged through the Asia Pacific Regional ATOVS Retransmission Service (RARS). These efforts resulted in an increase in quality of the mandated services.