About the BookMore than ten thousand ‘surface’ weather observing stations are currently being operated and maintained by countries all over the world. These make use of a very large number and variety of instruments to measure and record various atmospheric parameters everyday. The network provides vital data required by meteorological services the world over for their day-to-day weather forecast and to support other national programmes on agriculture, aviation, hydrology, etc. The installation, operation and maintenance of such a network require considerable skilled and qualified manpower.
The meteorological services thus employ a very large number of qualified and trained instrument technicians and specialists for satisfactory operation and maintenance of the network round-the-clock. They have set up their own centres for training their personnel for the work. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has also established regional training centres in several countries to supplement local efforts in this regard.
Several universities/colleges and institutes of Environmental Sciences now provide courses in Meteorology/ Atmospheric Sciences to develop manpower resources needed in this field of activity.
The book provides a comprehensive single source of information in respect of a large variety of surface instruments used in different countries all over the world. The text is basically user-oriented and has been written keeping in view a wide spectrum of user groups—the observational personnel, the instrument technicians and specialists and the students and teachers of the subject.About the Author/sGyan P. Srivastava, Honours Graduate in Physics from University of Delhi, M.Sc. (Physics) Lucknow University and Ph.D. (Physics) from the University of Pune, joined the Surface Meteorological Instruments Organisation of the Indian Meteorological Service at Pune after a brief stint at the Instruments Division of the National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi. During more than three decades of his association with the organisation, he was deeply involved in the design and development of a variety of instruments, their manufacture and standardization in the instruments workshops and laboratories of IMD at Pune, operation and maintenance of the vast national network and training of instrument technicians and specialists.
He was a WMO (World Meteorological Organization—a UN Agency) Expert in Meteorological Instruments with the Egyptian Meteorological Service, Cairo, Egypt; Expert/Consultant in Iraq and Sri Lanka; Member, WMO-CIMO (Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation) Working Groups on ‘Radiation’ and ‘Aeronautical Meteorological Instruments’; Member, Advisory Committee on Standardisation of Instruments (ACSI), Bureau of Standards, India. He has to his credit about thirty research publications on Instrumentation and Atmospheric Physics and has been visiting professor, research guide and examiner for postgraduate studies with various universities in India.