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ACROSS Scheme:

Union Cabinet approved continuation of the umbrella scheme “Atmosphere & Climate Research-Modelling Observing Systems & Services (ACROSS)” along with its eight sub-schemes to the next finance cycle of five years i.e. 2021-2026 at an estimated cost of Rs.2,135 crore.

  • The scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) through its units namely India Meteorological Department (IMD), National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF); Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS).
  • ACROSS scheme pertains to the atmospheric science programs of Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and addresses different aspects of weather and climate services.
  • Each of these aspects is incorporated as eight sub-schemes under the umbrella scheme “ACROSS” and is implemented in an integrated manner through the aforesaid four institutes.
  • The eight sub-schemes under the ACROSS scheme are:
    • Commissioning of Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radars (DWRs)-IMD
    • Upgradation of Forecast System-IMD
    • Weather & Climate Services-IMD
    • Atmospheric Observations Network-1 MD
    • Numerical Modelling of Weather and Climate -NCMRWF
    • Monsoon Mission III- IITM/NCMRWF/INCOIS/IMD
    • Monsoon Convection, Clouds and Climate Change (MC4)- IITM/NCMRWF/IMD
    • High Performance Computing System (HPCS)-IITM/NCMRWF