Aims and Objectives

The Institute intents to focus on regional/state specific issues, reflecting on appropriate balance among areas of scientific importance with an integration of research on basic and applied earth and atmospheric sciences, sociology and economics. 

The general objectives of the Institute are:

  • Understanding the effects of global climate change in our biosphere, and approaching this change with an effort to preserve our ecosystem with all its vital ingredients both in the macro and micro
    levels. This includes biodiversity conservation, sustainable agronomy and disaster risk reduction interactions of critical components influencing climate variability etc.

  • Studying the effects of anthropogenic influence on observed short and long term changes in climate

  • Quantification of the natural influences and natural variability of climatic parameters over Kerala

  • Enhancement of networks of systematic observations of key elements of physical, biological and human systems affected by climate change particularly in the Western Ghats

  • Important elements in bio- geochemical cycling in the Western Ghats

  • Process oriented investigations into the role of clouds and cloud physics in Western Ghats region to model climate and predict climate variability

  • Development of climate prediction models capable of predicting the long and short term implications of global warming on the climatic conditions of the areas influenced by the Western Ghats at
    various scales

  • Greenhouse gas monitoring in the Western Ghats and the influence of greenhouse gases on global, regional and sub- regional climatic variability

  • Provide a coherent and consistent picture of the present state of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, as a result of changing atmospheric transport patterns, emissions from natural sources such as
    wetlands and forests, and anthropogenic activities such as burning of fossil fuels

  • Development of a framework for assessing risks of climate change

  • Improve understanding of the mechanisms and factors leading to changes in radioactive forcing

  • Reducing the uncertainty in the sensitivity of the climate system to greenhouse gases and other forcing through improved climate models and reliable input data

  • Weather and climate information services and its linkage to short and long term adaptation strategies

  • State specific impacts of climate change on water, agriculture, forestry, biodiversity, sea level rise, natural hazards, health and socio-economics

  • Propose appropriate action for climate change management and adaptation strategy for the state

  • Provide the policy making bodies of the Government of Kerala and others with reliable quality baseline and trend information that can contribute to the development and evaluation of management
    plans and track the effectiveness of climate change management policies and regulations