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   Mar 21

Climate change and GHG’s

Coming back from the US, I was extremely excited to gather, environmental data and apply this data to micro-scale models integrated to Macro scale models. However, I never came across the right opportunities. I did start up my own company with a vision to do the same. Having developed numerous Air Quality Models, I was really excited in developing such tools. Well, for now, there are several tools available by NASA and several universities but, there is room for more development. One of the good parts about my stay in the United States was that, of experiencing numerous, changes in the climate.
The hurricanes, in Florida especially, Jean, Charlie, Dennis, Katrina etc. Understanding and discussing these, changes with renowned Professors helped us model, the changes. One of the most ignored areas of Environmental Engineering is Air Quality Modeling and Control. In the United States at least funding is available to collect the data develop models and study. The situation is worse in India. I remember, the need for Air Quality modeling in the United States while working on the City of Orlando model. We had evaluated GHG’s from mobile sources. The data collection and the efficacy with which the accurate data was collected was extremely good. I highly respect my Adviser Dr. Cooper who’s book is referred in nearly 20 top Universities as well as, a significant contributor to Air Quality Control Engineering. Water, yes is an important resource, but Air, is equally important as well. Why is it ignored everywhere? I’m not sure if India foresees how challenging, it would be to control the Air Quality in the near future. One of the things I wanted to do was to download the satelite data for the entire India and observe the changes. Recently, based on the observed changes and real time data integration, I’m in the process of developing a model which could be very well applicable to India.
Well, I did not clarify on the what is causing to the numerous natural disasters occuring because of climate changes. Well, the obvious reason is the GHG’s contributions to the problem directly by elevating the temperatures.
This year Mumbai, even experienced a severe storms, nothing experienced so far in the last two decades. I had been to Mumbai, Pune cities which have expanded at a drastic rate, as compared to other cities. Well, everyone has an eye on the developmental aspects but very few care about the environmental aspects. I had a chance to pull up my camera record the pollution from industries. I could not find a single spot across the rivers, lakes, which was clean enough to enjoy.
This year even Nagpur, experienced extremely long winters, to extremely unusual temperature changes. Even the weather pattern seems to be off. Well, it seems like an initiative needs to be taken, to implementing drastic control practices in order to control the pollution. But, however, in India the problem seem to be totally different.
The only component everyone talks about in India is planting more trees. I hardly see them talk about, inventories. The point being that, quantification, is necessary steps towards policy formulating. If environmental policies are not based on quantified accurate data what’s the point in formulating an inaccurate policy.

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