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...

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

Predicting Heavy Rainfall during Cyclones

A tropical cyclone (TC) causes three types of adverse weather conditions, heavy rain; gale winds; and, storm surge on landfall. The monitoring and forecasting of heavy rainfall due to TC is analysed here.

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

Forecasting Tropical Cyclones

Forecasting deals with the prediction of genesis, location/track and intensity of a tropical cyclone. It also aims at predicting associated adverse weather such as heavy rains, gales, high waves, storm surges and coastal inundation.

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

Forecasting Coastal Inundation

High waves and coastal inundation due to tropical cyclones cause heavy loss of life and property. Hence, precise prediction and warning is of extreme significance. The forecast services played a major role in preventing losses when cyclone Phailin made landfall in 2013.