Indian Monsoon rain patterns changing
India grows more than 80% of its’ own food, so rain is critical to their food supply. In recent years, so-called deluges – events with intense rain (e.g. 19 inches in one day) – are becoming more frequent.
The human toll and food-supply disruption from these events are significant. Working with the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) in Pune, India, our team deployed our ACCESS line of portable instruments and our CVI inlet on-board a King Air research aircraft to sample aerosol in and around clouds that were simultaneously probed with ground-based radar.
The goal of the project is to improve understanding of monsoon trends, including forecasting intense precipitation events and long-term changes in precipitation patterns.