Advanced Centre for Atmospheric Radar Research (ACARR) is to pursue internationally leading research in atmospheric science in the tropical monsoon area and to develop sophisticated observational and modeling capabilities in the troposphere and stratosphere for the accurate prediction of Indian monsoon system. Aim of establishing the Advanced Centre for Atmospheric Radar Research (ACARR) in Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is to provide advanced techniques to monitor the Earth’s atmosphere, including highly sophisticated radar, LIDAR, SODAR, GPS sonde, flux measurement systems, integrated sounding systems, etc. These facilities allow investigators, mainly Indian scientists, get the detailed information and necessary data for their research programs and can incorporate in numerical weather prediction techniques.
Stratosphere Troposphere (ST) Radars are emerging as powerful tools for Atmospheric Research in recent years around the world. They have immense applications in studies in Meteorology, Cloud Physics, Thunderstorms, Convections, Atmospheric Electricity, Climate Change, Environmental Physics, Civil aviation, naval operation, communications, etc. Dynamics of the Indian monsoon can be studied in-depth to understand the basic mechanism and to improve the prediction capabilities. Aviation and communications will benefit significantly from the scientific output of theses radars..
Kerala is the land of Monsoons. In fact the first burst of the southwest monsoon over the Indian subcontinent takes place over Kerala. The location of Cochin is highly significant to understand and the timely prediction of the variability and characteristics features of monsoon onset, intensification, break and withdrawal phases, are highly relevant to the proper planning for agriculture, hydro-electrical power generation, economy and industrial sector of Kerala.The timely onset, optimum duration and reasonable strength of the southwest monsoon are of vital importance to the life and economy not only of our Country but the entire South Asian region.
Facilities and Activities at ACARR
Facilities of ACARR includes 619 element wind profiler Radar, 49 element mini wind profiler Radar, AWS tower, Radio sonde, Electronics and RF testing lab…..
Prof. Mohankumar is a senior Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and also the Project Director of Advanced Centre of Atmospheric Radar Research, CUSAT. He has vast experience in various capacities including, but not limited to, the Principal Investigator of many National and International Projects, Syndicate Member of CUSAT……….