articles by Raghu Murtugudde

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Monsoon madness: COVID-19 is still active but India's large-scale extreme events are just around the corner

A “normal” monsoon does not guarantee there won't be floods and droughts across the country as everything about the monsoon is changing.

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Cyclone Amphan: Global warming could make cyclones more dangerous, harder to predict

Last year, the cyclone season was a monster with six severe, six very severe, and three extremely severe cyclone storms.

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Why is predicting the weather or spread of infectious diseases so hard?

Pathogens did not evolve to kill or hurt us but they have just evolved to procreate and survive just like any life form.

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Carbon trap: Where should India be focusing it's collective climate action efforts?

India should tackle disasters taking place in the country and its neighbourhood as its neighbour's vulnerabilities can be national security issues.

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Social vulnerability to the climate crisis has decreased despite more frequent natural disasters

Extreme rainfall, droughts and heatwaves have hit Karnataka, Telangana, Chattisgarh, Odisha and the Northeast with increasing intensity and frequency.

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Adapting to changing climate has financial returns for countries investing in it

Agricultural and labor productivity along with GDPs will fall by significant amounts if global warming continues unabated.

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Is there an absolute need for an intervention to spark a climate action revolution?

Tipping points and nonlinear amplifying feedbacks are easier to identify in the climate system.

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Trees aren't a silver bullet for climate change, should be part of larger action plan

There is an urgency to define a portfolio of Natural Climate Solutions for India that manages carbon & water.

India

Is development that is environmentally-friendly possible or is it an oxymoron?

Development should allow everyone to have the opportunity to earn a better life and save the environment.

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There is a need for greater precision in weather forecasting in India

While govt administrations are learning to respond to predictions, the forecasts themselves need improvements.

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Predicting weather is hard: A brief history of the National Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting

NCMWRF, founded in the 20th century, was among the first Indian institutions to acquire a supercomputer, in 1989.

India

Cyclone Vayu unlikely to be as destructive as Fani; weather condition indicates monsoon floods, more tropical storms

As Cyclone Vayu forms in the next two days and heads to the Gujarat coast, it will likely achieve wind speeds of ~110 kmph as predicted by Indian Meteorological Department.

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Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology puts India on world stage for climate predictions, projections

For a country like India, whose lifeline is the monsoon, IITM-Pune is a jewel in its crown.

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How can India gauge vulnerability of its agricultural productivity to climate change?

The sensitivity of agricultural productivity to climate depends strongly on crop selection.

India

INCOIS: India's lesser-known rockstar in monitoring oceans, forecasting disasters and monitoring fisheries

A stellar example of the value INCOIS provides can be seen in the impact of forecasts on fish catch & its monetary value.

India

Cyclone Fani: Indian Ocean helps us gauge global warming's impact on cyclones

The Indian Ocean has warmed faster and more monotonically than other tropical oceans due to its unique circulation features.

India

Understanding Cyclone Fani: How sea surface temperature determines the strength of cyclones

Cyclogensis is a complex phenomenon which is initiated by a tropical depression.

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Conservation may benefit from learning how animals cope with fear, use social learning

Humans could be adding to natural stressors in social animals, and possibly giving them ulcers.

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World Meteorological Day: Marine life need to navigate more extreme ocean weather

Ocean weather & adaptations in marine fauna need to be studied in the context of global warming.

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El Niño and La Niña tinker with Western disturbances and India’s winters too

Not all droughts and excess rainfall years can be explained away by El Niño and La Niña.