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Conference on Climate Change: Shifting Science and Changing Policy


14 October 2011

Phirozeshah Mehta Building , Mumbai University ,

Vidyanagari, Kalina, Mumbai

Session 1: Climate Science
  • Welcome: Prof Mugdha Karnikr, Director, Centre for Extra Mural Studies
  • Inauguration: Prof S. B. Chaphekar, former head of the department of environmental sciences, University of Pune
  • Prof. R. R. Kelkar: India's Climate Change Concerns and the Need for Better Climate Models (Biography)
  • Dr. Madhav Khandekar: Indian Monsoon Variability in the context of Global Warming Debate (Biography)

Biography of the Speakers

Prof. R.R. Kelkar


Prof. R. R. Kelkar was the Director General of the India Meteorological Department (1998-2003). He was also a professor holding the ISRO Space Chair, Department of Atmospheric and Space Sciences at the University of Pune (2004-08). He was a member of the Executive Council of the World Meteorological Organisation (1999-2003), and a president of the Indian Meteorological Society (1997-1999).

Presently, Prof Kelkar is a member of the Governing Council of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, and is serving as the chairman of the research advisory committee at IITM. He is also a member of Advisory Committee on Space Sciences at the Indian Space Research Organization, Bangalore.

Prof Kelkar has authored four books - Satellite Meteorology (2006), Monsoon Prediction (2008), Climate Change - A Holistic View (2010) and Bible Meteorology (eBook 2010). He has to his credit more than 50 scientific papers in reputed national and international scientific journals.

Born in 1943, Prof Kelkar holds a PhD in physics from University of Pune.



Dr. Madhav Khandekar

Dr. Madhav L Khandekar is the Convening Lead Author on ‘extreme weather’ for Non-governmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) project's “Climate Change Re-considered 2”, which is expected to be published in 2013. 

Dr. Khandekar is a former research scientist from Environment Canada and was an Expert Reviewer for the IPCC 2007 Climate Change Documents.

He holds  M.Sc degree in Statistics from Pune University (India) and M.S. and PH.D. degrees in Meteorology from the Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA. Khandekar has been in the weather climate science for over 53 years and has published well over 130 papers, reports, book reviews and scientific commentaries. While at Environment Canada, Khandekar wrote a book “Operational Analysis and Prediction of Ocean Wind Waves” which was published by Springer-Verlag in 1989 (This book is out-of-print since about 1993). Khandekar was an Editor for the international Journal “Climate Research (Inter-Research Germany)” during 2003-2005 and has been on the Editorial Board of the Journal “Natural Hazards (Kluwer Netherlands)” since 1999. In 2003 Khandekar acted as a ‘Guest Editor’ for a special issue of Natural Hazards on ‘Global Warming & Extreme Weather: An Assessment”. This special issue has been published in June 2003. Khandekar continues his research at present on global warming, extreme weather and Indian/Asian Monsoon inter-annual variability.

Dr Khandekar is based in Ontario, Canada.



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