Why in News?
India is tying up with the United States and Finland to develop a pollution-forecast system that will help anticipate particulate matter (PM) Levels at least two days in advance.
FACTS FOR PRELIMS
The Union Environment Ministry has released a draft of the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) that aims to improve air quality monitoring in India
It proposes increasing the number of pollution monitoring stations and, incorporating it into a pollution forecast system.
About the System
India is tying up with the United States and Finland to develop a pollution-forecast system. Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) will be coordinating this exercise.
It will help anticipate particulate matter (PM) levels at least two days in advance and at a greater resolution than what is possible now. A key focus would be to develop forecasts around the “stubble-burning season” that adds to Delhi’s pollution woes in the winter.
Currently, the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), run out of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, serves as the apex forecaster of pollution trends in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad. It generates a likely air quality profile, a day in advance, for these cities.