About the Book
Climate change has been described as the biggest challenge that the world will have to face in the twenty first century and developing countries like India will have to bear its impacts. Climate change is a complex issue that has scientific, political, economic, and social aspects. This book offers a holistic view of climatic change with a special reference to India and covers a wide range of topics including: • Evidence of climate change • Climate monitoring • Climate modelling and prediction • Impacts on glaciers, sea level and tropical cyclones • Impacts on monsoon, agriculture and human health • Politics and economics of climate change • Preparing for the future The book can serve as a textbook for university courses in atmospheric and environmental sciences, and as a source of reference for scientists and research workers and a storehouse of authentic information for all others interested in climate change
1. Evidence of Climate Change 2. Climate Monitoring 3. Climate Modelling and Prediction 4. Climate Change Impacts on Glaciers, Sea Level and Tropical Cyclones 5. Climate Change Impacts on Monsoon Agriculture and Human Health 6. Politics and Economics of Climate Change 7. Preparing for the Future
About the Author
R. R. Kelkar was born on 19 December 1943 at Mumbai, and had his higher education at the University of Pune. He received his Ph. D. degree in 1971 for his thesis entitled “Role of Radiation in Atmospheric Circulation”. His first research contribution to the Indian Journal of Meteorology and Geophysics in 1969 was given the best paper award by the journal. He has since published over 50 research papers in various fields. He is also the recipient of the J. Das Gupta Award of the Indian Meteorological Society. He joined the India Meteorological Department in 1965 and retired in 2003 as the Director General of Meteorology. He served as ISRO Space Chair Professor at the University of Pune from 2004 to 2008. He is the Chairman of the Research Advisory Committee of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune and a member of its Governing Council. Earlier, Professor Kelkar was the President of the Indian Meteorological Society from 1997 to 1999. He served as the Permanent Representative of India with the World Meteorological Organization, Geneva from 1999 to 2003 and was an elected Member of the WMO Executive Council. He has earlier written books on 'Satellite Meteorology' and 'Monsoon Prediction', both published by BS Publications.