The Environmental Meteorology Unit of IMD was set up at New Delhi under an agency scheme of the Ministry of Environment & Forests. It provides specific services to this Ministry and other Government agencies for the assessment of pollution impacts from various industries and thermal power plants. Atmospheric dispersion models are employed for prediction of air quality, under different terrain and meteorological conditions. These studies facilitate decisions regarding siting of industries and adoption of control strategies.
This Unit also operates a meteorological observatory in the vicinity of the Taj Mahal at Agra. The data is provided to MoEF along with appropriate interpretations so that abatement measures can be planned. The scope of this activity is likely to expand in future by inclusion of a larger region in the studies.