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AOGS Election of Office Bearers - 2012 to 2014


Sushil Kumar Dash (CV)
Professor & Head
Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Since its inception in 2003, AOGS as an international scientific body has been doing well and moving from strength to strength. Its membership has increased; its publications have seen more contributions; its annual conferences have attracted more participants; its organizational capacity has enhanced many folds. Above all, as a scientific society AOGS is fulfilling its objectives rapidly. Looking at the age of AOGS, its performance and hence its acceptance by the scientific community is excellent. At this stage what should an aspiring Sectional President do for the society? It is most appropriate to accelerate the acceptance of AOGS by a larger section of the society at large.

Atmospheric Science is increasingly becoming important because of its challenge to the scientists in the context of today’s global changes. Global warming is a cause of worry for a wide spectrum of the society which includes the scientists, policy makers, economists, politicians and the common man. Global warming may affect important sectors of the socio-economic fabric such as agriculture, water availability and power. Because of this aspect, the Atmospheric Science (AS) Section can contribute a lot for AOGS to reach larger section of the society. There are various outreach programmes through which this objective can be fulfilled. The actual methodology will be worked out through discussion and consensus at various levels of AOGS.

Some of the possible ways are given below:

  1. Personally approaching the organizations concerned with the issues of climate change to join AOGS and contribute to its cause.
  2. Special schemes for the young scientists in terms of awards for best papers in AOGS publications. 
  3. Exclusive sessions for the young scientists in the annual conferences.
  4. Separate interactive sessions with the school children, policy makers and administrators during the annual activities.
  5. Approaching specific groups through emails in order to create awareness.
  6. Organizing thematic sessions during the annual conferences based on the regional climatic issues of the host country.