Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) in association with World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) of World Meteorological Organization (WMO) conducted the International Conference on « Opportunities and Challenges in Monsoon Prediction in a Changing Climate » (OCHAMP-2012) during 21-25 February, 2012 at Pune, INDIA. The Conference was organized to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, a premiere Indian research Institute which carries out basic and applied research in monsoon meteorology.
The goal of the conference was to emphasize the present status of the interdisciplinary research on Monsoon Prediction in a warming environment, while addressing the existing and emerging challenges in Monsoon Prediction. The event was a huge success in the sense that it brought together a panel of highly-accomplished and leading experts in the field of monsoon prediction and modeling coming from different research and operational meteorological environments in India as well as from abroad. The conference was kick started by the colorful inaugural session on 21st February followed by a nostalgic journey to the past by Dr. B.N. Goswami, Director, IITM. The conference featured keynote addresses, invited talks, contributed lectures and posters on the challenges and opportunities in predicting the Asian monsoon in changing climatic conditions. Eminent international scientists like Prof. T.N. Krishnamurti, Prof. P.J. Webster, Prof. M. Moncrieff, Dr. Robert Houze, Prof. J. M. Wallace enlightened the thematic sessions with keynote lectures. Thematic session focusing on the Monsoon clouds and Meso-scale system over the Indian region during the monsoon season was held during the third day and results regarding the recent oceanic campaigns and modeling efforts were discussed. Several scientists and research students from Indian atmospheric/ocean science community attended the conference and presented posters related to their work theme. The rich cultural heritage of Pune is brought to life with a perfect blend of history, music and dance by the cultural event organized by conference organizers. A well-choreographed classical dance by performing artists showcasing the rich, ancient and diverse culture of India made the event more colorful and was memorable event to many attendees. It was an unforgettable experience to visit and attend the conference at this historical city, which is also known by sobriquets like Queen of the Deccan, cultural capital of Maharashtra, pensioner’s paradise and Oxford of the East.