Bhubaneswar:23/3/18: The effects of long-term climate change has been pronounced as the global population is faced with a wide range of hazards including tropical cyclones, heavy rains, heat waves and droughts which require measures to protect lives, livelihoods and property from weather related events, experts said at the launching of a research centre on environment and climate at the SOA (Deemed to be University) here on Friday.
“The intensity of such weather events is going to increase. The number of events may remain the same but the intensity will be far greater. For example, we may have the same number of cyclones, but they would be more destructive,” Prof. U.C.Mohanty, Professor Emeritus at IIT, Bhubaneswar said while addressing the gathering of meteorologists, scientists, researchers and environmental activists who attended the inauguration of the Centre for Environment and Climate (CEC).Dr. Saurav Garg, Principal Secretary to the state government in the Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment department, inaugurated the new research centre. Dr. Bishnupada Sethi, Odisha’s Special Relief Commissioner, Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Additional Director General at IMD, New Delhi, Dr. S.C.Sahu, Director of IMD, Bhubaneswar and Prof. P.K.Nanda, Dean (Research) of SOA also addressed the program presided over by Prof. Amit Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor of SOA.