Study the climate

IISc's year old Master's programme in climate sciences is designed keeping in mind the planet's future.

There has been so much written and spoken about global warming and climate change that one cannot dismiss it as an issue of the future. To ensure there are more trained professionals studying the effects of climate change, IISc introduced a Master's of Technology programme in Climate Science.

Global warming, climate change and water are among the most challenging problems of the 21st century. Melting of glaciers, rising land surface temperature, changes in the rainfall and climate patterns can have immense influence on the very survival of human civilization. 'These days there is a lot of focus on climate change and global warming. There are also very few people know about the Science of climate change. Hence there is a requirement for more well trained people to know about the science and truly understand it' said Dr. G.S. Bhat, Chairman and Professor of the Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (CAOS). The science of climate change requires a sound understanding of the fundamental principles that govern weather and climate. The M.Tech programme offered at CAOS is precisely designed to train students in related critical areas.

This two year Master's of Technology course was started in 2008. 'We received 50 applicants and eight candidates were shortlisted for ten the seats available.' said Dr Bhat referring to the response for the course generated. The course is for students with a Bachelor's degree in any branch of Engineering or a Master's degree in Physical Sciences. This M Tech programme is precisely designed to achieve this by exposing the students to a variety of courses covering topics like atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, ocean dynamics, clouds, radiative heat transfer and climate, earth system, observational techniques, satellite meteorology, parallel computing, numerical modeling of climate, statistical techniques, simulation and data interpretation.

In 2005, the Govt. of India created the new Ministry of Earth Sciences and Earth Commission (MoES) with the primary objective of improving the quality of research and predictions in this area. The lack of skilled manpower is one of the major hurdles in implementing the new programs being planned. Speaking of the newly introduced ministry Dr Bhat told MyBangalore that it is a highly ambitious programme and there has been an investment of Rs 5,000 cr in this initiative. 'There has been a lot of money invested and there is a serious lack of skilled man power of people trained in climate science.' New climate research centers are being planned in the country with several companies now engaged in wind farms, weather forecast for specific needs and applications and environment related problems. 

For more details on How to apply to the Programme in Climate Science

Centre for Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore -12
Ph 080 22932505


Tags: IISc, Climate Science, M.Tech

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