A breath of fresh air can be hard to find in any metro cities in India. New Delhi, Gwalior, Varanasi and Kanpur were among the 14 Indian cities that figured in a list of 20 most polluted cities in the world, based on their toxic air quality, data released by World Health Organization showed. India is partnering with the United States and Finland to develop a new pollution forecast system that will help forecast particular matter (PM) levels in the air.
The current system, which is based out of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology in Pune, runs the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), can forecast pollution trends (PM levels) in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Pune one day in advance.
Both the Finnish Meteorological Institute and the Maryland-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are the respective government agencies working to develop this new system.
According to the report, the new system “will use a different modelling approach as well as computational techniques from what is employed in the SAFAR model.”