Director of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM)
Ravi S Nanjundiah is the Director of IITM and also the Mission Director for Monsoon Mission. IITM looks at all aspects of tropical meteorology ranging from synoptic to paleo-scales. Monsoon Mission has been entrusted with the task of improving prediction of monsoon at various scales and also apply the forecasts to various sectors such as agriculture and energy. His interests include monsoons and its variability at various scales. He is also interested in application of High Performance Computing to earth system models. He also works on using AI/Machine Learning for climate related issues such as downscaling and prediction.
Prior to his joining IITM, he was a Professor at the Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru (currently on deputation to IITM). He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the India Meteorological Society and Adjunct Professor of Tata Institute for Fundamental Research (TIFR). He has received the NVIDIA innovation award (2013) and Sir C V Raman Young Scientist Award in Earth Sciences (2000). He has guided 12 PhDs. Ravi did his Ph D from IISc, Bengaluru (1992) and M E (Mechanincal, 1986) also from IISc, Bengaluru. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory USA. He has more than 80 publications.