SAFAR-Ahmedabad Launch on May 12, 2017

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Honorable Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Govt. of India, inaugurated the System of Air Quality & Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) for the Indian mega city Ahmedabad, on 12th May 2017 which is the 4 th in the series after Delhi, Mumbai and Pune and one of the successful pilot projects of GURME-WMO.

SAFAR is a seamless early warning system enriching local people with advance information on air quality, related health advisory, weather, useful and harmful radiations, extreme event and environmental awareness to deal with their adverse impacts and hence protect citizens by early preparedness and interventions.

SAFAR translates science to information and disseminates the information in very simple and user friendly format by means of MobileApp (SAFAR-Air), dynamic web portal (safar.tropmet.res.in), Giant display boards, IVRS and media, so as maximum stakeholders including government agencies, educational institutes, common public can understand and use the same.

To take SAFAR a step further, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in conjunction with IITM, IIPGH, NRDC has embarked upon a plan called “AIR” (Air Information and Response Plan) linking health professional, implementers and society so that it can smartly extend services to health professionals to better understand the influence of AQ and weather conditions on health; to anticipate when, where and who may be at greatest risk of negative impacts. This enables targeting of interventions, resulting in more cases treated, reduced disease burdens, and cost savings made in health service delivery.

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