Gufran Beig
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Gufran Beig


Dr. Gufran Beig is an atmospheric scientist, focussing on Environmental science aspects of atmosphere and air quality. He is working as Project Director at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune under the Indian Union Ministry of Earth Sciences. His broad area of research is Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution. Specific topics of expertise include developing air pollution monitoring and forecasting systems and assessment of its impact on Human Health and food security; as well as long term changes and trends in the troposphere and Stratosphere. He has the distinction of developing and commissioning the first air quality Forecasting system for Indian Mega cities which is recognised as a pilot project of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO-GURME). He is the recipient of several awards, viz. the coveted Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award, Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award of WMO, etc. He has been a committee member of the scientific steering /advisory committee member of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project; SPARC of World Climate research; and Global Atmospheric Watch’s GURME-WMO project.

Atmospheric Chemistry Environmental Impacts

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Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology
July 1996
Identification of important anthropogenic climate change signal in the atmosphere and reliable estimation of role of atmospheric chemistry on regional climate change and environment. Group's work includes path breaking contributions in the area of 'Chemical Climate' which led to the development of first air quality forecasting system in Indian Metro cities including Delhi with significant societal impact. Exploited the global change signals in the middle atmosphere which revealed significant cooling resulting in its shrinking, influence to navigation system, satellite movement and lower atmospheric climate-weather patterns. Careful separation of natural variability from climate change signal by the group unraveled a significant anthropogenic cooling trend in the upper atmosphere resulting in shrinking of the ionosphere with significant potential influence on radio propagation and navigation systems. Further, group used coupled 3-D chemistry-climate model to quantifying reliably the role of atmospheric chemistry on regional climate change of the lower and middle atmosphere. In this context, gridded emission inventory of several pollutants for India along with their decadal growth have been constructed and resulted radiative forcing estimated..

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