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India’s Meteorological Department plans to use AI to improve weather forecasting.

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is planning to use synthetic intelligence in weather forecasting, particularly for issuing now-casts, which may help improve 3-6 hours prediction of maximum weather occasions, its Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra stated on Sunday. He stated the use of synthetic intelligence and machine studying is just not as prevalent as it’s in different fields and it’s comparatively new within the space of weather forecasting.

The IMD has invited analysis teams who can research how synthetic intelligence (AI) be used for bettering weather forecasting and the Ministry of Earth Sciences is evaluating their proposals, Mohapatra stated.

He stated the IMD can also be planning to do collaborative research on this with different establishments.

The IMD makes use of totally different instruments like radars, satellite tv for pc imagery, to subject now-casts, which provides data on excessive weather occasions occurring within the subsequent 3-6 hours.

The IMD points forecasts for excessive weather occasions like thunderstorms, mud storms. Unlike cyclones, predictions of thunderstorms, which additionally convey lightning, squall and heavy rains, are tougher as the acute weather occasions develop and dissipate in a really quick time frame.

Last month, over 160 folks died due to lightning alone in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

The IMD needs to higher the now cast predictions by AI and machine studying.

“Artificial intelligence helps in understanding past weather models and this can make decision-making faster,” Mohapatra stated.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US introduced new methods this yr to increase the company’s utility of 4 rising science and expertise focus areas — NOAA Unmanned Systems, synthetic intelligence, Omics, and the cloud — to information trans-formative developments within the high quality and timeliness of NOAA science, services.

Omics is a collection of superior strategies used to analyse materials corresponding to DNA, RNA, or proteins.

With regards to AI, it stated the overarching aim of the NOAA Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy is to utilise AI to advance NOAA’s requirements-driven mission priorities.

The NOAA stated by this, it seeks to cut back the price of information processing, and supply increased high quality and extra well timed scientific services for societal advantages.

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447 cases of adverse effect reported,Covid-19 vaccine given to 2,24,301 beneficiaries :Govt.

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A total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine so far, out of which only 447 adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) were reported, the Union Health Ministry said on day two of the nationwide vaccination drive on Sunday.

Addressing a press briefing, the ministry’s Additional Secretary Manohar Agnani said out of the 447 adverse events following immunisation, only three required hospitalisation.

“Today being Sunday, only six states conducted vaccination drive and in 553 sessions a total of 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated,” he said.

The six states where the vaccination drive was carried out on Sunday are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur and Tamil Nadu, he added.

Agnani said a total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till January 17 as per provisional reports, adding that 2,07,229 of them received the jabs on day one of the drive.

“A total of 447 AEFI have been reported on January 16 and 17, out of which only three required hospitalisation. Most of the AEFI reported so far are minor like fever, headache, nausea,” he said.

He said a meeting was held with all states and union territories on Sunday to review the progress of the drive, identify bottlenecks and plan corrective actions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out the world’s largest inoculation drive against COVID-19 on Saturday and said the two vaccines being deployed will ensure a “decisive victory” for India against the pandemic.

India has approved two vaccines—Covaxin developed by Bharat Biotech and Covishield from the Oxford/AstraZeneca stable being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India—for emergency use in the country.

According to the government, the shots will be offered first to an estimated one crore healthcare workers and around two coror frontline workers, and then to persons above 50 years of age, followed by persons younger than 50 years of age with associated comorbidities. PTI

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