Why study the monsoon?

Over a billion people depend on the Indian Monsoon for subsistence. Too much or too little can be disastrous, but better predictions mitigate these risks.

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Why the Bay of Bengal?

The storm systems that provide the rainfall for much of northern India get their moisture and energy from the warm surface water of the Bay of Bengal.

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The science goal

We aim to better understand how heat and salt is transported from the Arabian Sea, how this water mixes with the freshwater from the river input in the northern Bay of Bengal, and how these processes influence the monsoon.

Research strategy

We will use a combination of ship observations, robotic submarines and satellite data to observe ocean processes at higher resolution than has been achieved during the monsoon. Computer simulations will assess the impact of these processes on monsoon rainfall.

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Project news


FAAM aircraft flies past the BoBBLE cruise

It was a truly extraordinary rendezvous, combining a very ambitious flight and some great observations from the ship. A BAe 146-301 four-engine jet, the UK Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM), flew past the ORV Sindhu Sadhana yesterday, just 100 ft … Continued

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Research activities

Sagar Nidhi

The observational field campaign will take place in June-July 2016, with the research cruise during the Indian Monsoon from which we will deploy seven Seagliders, nine Argo floats and rendezvous with a FAAM aircraft overflight funded by the INCOMPASS project. Read more about the research cruise here. Cruise blog posts can be found here.

In addition, a comprehensive modelling effort will investigate the impact of ocean variability on the monsoon. This will involve collaborations between scientists in the UK and India to translate the process understanding gained during fieldwork into improved forecasts of the Indian Monsoon.

Indian monsoon forecasts can be found here. A real-time MJO forecast can be found here.

Outreach activities

Ocean wave

Read our latest blog posts here.

Check for upcoming outreach events here.

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