Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 15, ISSUE 93, November-December 2015

The Science Behind the Tamil Nadu Floods

Tamil Nadu experienced unprecedented floods in November-December 2015, with Chennai bearing the brunt of non-stop rains and inundation paralysing normal life. High sea surface temperatures over the Bay of Bengal, a stationary pressure trough and easterly waves caused this phenomenon.

Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 15, ISSUE 91, July-August 2015

Surface Water Storage and Disasters

Ever since independence, dams were looked upon as the temples of modern India, our saviour against droughts, and partners in India’s development. However, ill-conceived structures devoid of environmental assessment and lack of upstream and downstream flow data have turned them into killers throughout the length and breadth of the country.

Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 15, ISSUE 90, May-June 2015

Building on a Flood Plain and a Fault Zone

A nation that seeks to educate the common man about the pitfalls of poor siting on one hand, chooses to do an exact opposite on the other.

Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 15, ISSUE 90, May-June 2015

Traditional Genius and Earthquakes

Traditional building techniques have always existed in regions vulnerable to earthquakes. Unfortunately, aspirations to modernity have tended to bury these norms, resulting in heavy casualties in recent times.

Magazine Articles # Planning n Mitigation | VOL.15, ISSUE 90 May-June 2015

Developing a Disaster Management Strategy

The recent Nepal earthquakes should be viewed as an opportunity to rethink earlier attitudes, and have us embark on a disaster management strategy based on mitigation, rather than mere response.

Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 14, ISSUE 86, September-October 2014

Observational Network for Cyclones

The accurate prediction of a tropical cyclone depends on correct monitoring of its location and intensity. The observational network plays a key role in determining the characteristics of a cyclone.

Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 14, ISSUE 86, September-October 2014

Numerical Weather Prediction Techniques

Various numerical weather prediction (NWP) techniques are used for the prediction of tropical cyclones (TC) over the northern Indian Ocean (NIO). The article describes an objective NWP based cyclone prediction system (CPS) used for operational cyclone forecasting over the NIO.

Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 14, ISSUE 86, September-October 2014

Cyclone Warning Centre, Visakhapatnam

With beaches and scenic hillocks, the city is a popular destination for all. Now, students and teachers can get a closer look at how weather conditions are studied and predicted in India.

Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 14, ISSUE 86, September-October 2014

Managing a Cyclone Successfully

The managerial prowess in handling Phailin demonstrates that a natural calamity can be tamed by an effective warning system, superior preparedness, and public awareness.

Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 14, ISSUE 86, September-October 2014

Disaster Management Perspectives: Learning from Phailin

According to the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC 2007, human utilisation of the coastal zone, worldwide, increased dramatically during the 20th century and this trend appears to be certain to continue during the 21st century. India will be no exception. Climate change and its resultant sea-level rise can significantly increase the vulnerability of a much larger coastal population in the years to come. A cyclone of a specified intensity in the Bay of Bengal striking the east coast of India...