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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 3: Monsoon and its impact
  • Dr. Ramesh H. Kriplani: Summer Monsoon Variability over India: Coupled Climate Model Simulations and Projections (Biography)
  • Dr Willie Soon: A closer look into the computer-projections of Indian Monsoonal Rainfalls in the 21st Century (Biography)
  • Dr. Rajesh Agnihotri: Total Solar Irradiance and SW Indian monsoon (Biography)
  • Prof. B. K. Bala and M. S. Alam: Modelling of Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture (Biography


Biography of the Speakers

Dr. R.H. Kripalani


Dr R. H. Kriplani is presently a Faculty Member, at the Center for Advanced Training in Earth System Sciences and Climate, at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), in Pune.


He had spent 38 years at the IITM, before retiring as a Senior Sientist in 2008. He has also been a Visiting Professor, at the Department of Environmental Atmospheric Sciences, at the Pukyong National University, Busan, South Korea, (2008-2010).


He had also served as the Head of Climate Research Department at APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation) Climate Center, in Busan, South Korea, in 2010. He has authored 58 papers in various scientific journals, and has contributed to numerous reports. He has also participated in many conferences and workshops.


His research interests, and experience, include:

  • Asian Monsoon Variability and Predictability in particular Indian Summer Monsoon on Intra-seasonal, Inter-annual and Decadal Time Scales
  • Climatology of the Asian Monsoon Domain
  • Climate Variability, Climate Change and Global Warming
  • Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Climate Model Diagnostics
  • Interaction of monsoon variability with ENSO, IODM, MJOs, Snow Monsoon Mid-Latitude Associations
  • Tele-connections of Monsoon Variability over South and East Asia

Born in 1948, Dr Kriplani has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics, University of Pune, India



Dr. Willie Soon

Dr Willie Soon is an astrophysicist and geoscientist at the Solar, Stellar and Planetary Sciences division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He also is the receiving editor in the area of solar and stellar physics for New Astronomy. Soon is the senior author of The Maunder Minimum and the Variable Sun-Earth Connection. He also co-authored the textbook Introduction to Astronomy that is used for students with little or no access to telescopes.

In 2003, Soon was invited to testify in the United States Senate and was later recognized, with a monetary award, for "detailed scholarship on bio-geological and climatic change over the past 1,000 years" by the Smithsonian Institution. In 2004, he was presented with the Petr Beckmann award of the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness for "courage and achievement in defense of scientific truth and freedom."


Dr. Rajesh Agnihotri


Dr. Rajesh Agnihotri obtained his Ph.D. from Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad India in 2002. In 2003-2004 he worked in the Max Planck Institute of Chemistry, Mainz, Germany for his first postdoctoral work and then he moved to University of Massachusetts Dartmouth USA for his second postdoctoral work. After coming back to India he first joined National Insitute of Oceanography, Goa (2006) and worked till 2010. Presently Dr. Agnihotri is working as scientist at the Radio and Atmospheric Science Division (RASD) at the National Physical Laboratory in New Delhi.

Dr. Agnihotri is a stable isotope chemist and mainly applied his isotopic tools to reconstruct past climate /monsoonal variability. His significant achievement is to bring out coupling between solar intrinsic forcing and Indian monsoon variability on inter-decadal timescales. He also worked intensely to assess past denitrification variability in the Arabian Sea and Peru margin and its relationship with prevailing climatic conditions during the Holocene. Recently Dr. Agnihotri is involved with stable isotopic characterization of atmospheric aerosols of India but remain actively involved with his keen interest in understanding the natural rhythm of Indian monsoon variability in the recent past. Dr. Agnihotri has published several peer reviewed scientific research papers, chapters in books and AGU monograph series and technical reports. His full biodata can be found at



B. K. Bala and M. S. Alam

B K Bala is a Professor in the Department of Farm Power and Machinery, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh. He received B.Sc(Engg) degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1969, MEng degree in agricultural systems and management from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand in 1975 and PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK in 1983.

Professor Bala is working on modeling of agricultural, biological, aquacultural, environmental and socio-economic systems for more than three decades and his main areas of research are modeling of climate change impacts on agriculture, forests and fishery and food security, modeling of agricultural, biological, aquacultural, environmental and socio-economic systems, modeling of energy and environment, renewable energy and rural electrification, and simulation and optimization of drying and storage of agricultural products. Professor Bala has credited 177 publications and he is also author of seven books in the fields of energy and environment, renewable energy, drying and storage of agricultural products, electrical engineering and system dynamics published in India and USA. His paper on computer modeling was awarded the best paper award for outstanding paper by System Dynamics Society of India in 2000.

Muhammad Shahinur Alam is a Lecturer in the Department of Farm Mechanics, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and he received B.Sc.(Agri Engg) degree in 2007 and MS degree in Farm Power and Machinery in 2010 from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh. His research fields are modeling of agricultural and environmental systems and climate change impacts.

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