Dr. Prashant Goswami, Director
Dr. Goswami’s early education had been in Assam, with M. Sc. in Physics from Gauhati University. He then joined the Indian Institute of Science for PhD in 1982; his doctoral work had been in the area of mathematical and theoretical physics. After PhD he had taken up research in atmospheric and climate modelling.
After post-doctoral studies at Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, IISc, and a Visiting Professorship in the Department of Physics, IIT-Kanpur, Dr Goswami joined the CSIR-Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation (C-MMACS) in 1993 with primary focus of research on developing forecasting capabilities combined with basic understanding of the atmospheric and climate processes. Dr Goswami had been heading the Climate and Environmental Modelling Programme at CSIR C-MMACS, now repositioned CSIR- Fourth Paradigm Institute.
Dr. Goswami received the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in earth and planetary sciences in 2001 for his fundamental contributions. He was an Invited Prof. (2001-2003) at ENS, France at LMD. Dr Goswami also acted as a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report 5, Working Group I.
Dr. Goswami pioneered long-range, high-resolution dynamical forecasting of monsoon in India through model reconfiguration and novel methodology, with experimental long-range forecasts to establish proof of concept. He also initiated pioneering outreach activity in collaboration with Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre, Govt. Karnataka, to provide forecasts at hobli level (village cluster), with novel methodology for skill and user acceptance.
Climate and weather informatics have tremendous but unused potential for many sectors; however, a major gap is interface models between weather and other processes. Dr Goswami has developed applications of weather informatics, with novel algorithms for predicting weather-related diseases like malaria, ARD, dengue; crop diseases and renewable energy, with multi-sector synergy.
Dr. Goswami’s research is highly multi-disciplinary, with high-impact research publications in several areas; he has currently 76 high-impact SCI publications. He has also guided eight PhD students so far from different universities. He is a professor at the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, where he served as Dean, Mathematical and Information Science.
Dr. Goswami has acted as Chairman/member of many institutional and research Committees in India. He also maintains active collaboration with several national and international agencies/groups.
Dr P.Goswami has taken over as Director, CSIR-NISTADS on November 23, 2015.