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IIT Madras' new Centre of Excellence will help predict coastal climate with increased accuracy April 15,2019   |  Source: The New Indian Express Edex

Indian Institute of Technology Madras launched a ‘DST Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Infrastructure and the Adaptation Strategies’ on April 15 on campus. It will play a major role in helping communities in India’s 7,500 km-long coastal line to prepare for the impact of climate change such as a rise in sea levels and increased frequency of tropical cyclones.

The CoE will carry out research studies on predicting climate change impact on coastal communities and strategically important coastal infrastructure such as ports, power plants and major industries. Studies will also be undertaken to evaluate the intensity and frequency of tropical cyclones and extreme rainfall events under futuristic warming scenarios and the corresponding effect on the coastal infrastructure.

The CoE is being established by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, at IIT Madras under Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (IGCS) centre. Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, inaugurated the CoE in the presence of Dr Akhilesh Gupta, Head, SPLICE division, DST, and researchers from National Institute of Ocean Technology, National Centre for Coastal Research, Regional Centre for Meteorology and IMD besides an inter-disciplinary


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