Geo-Marine & Geomatics Research Laboratory
Welcome to the GMAG Lab @ IIT Bhubaneswar, India.
Welcome to the GMAG Lab of School of Earth, Ocean and Climate Sciences, IIT Bhubaneswar. Research in our lab focuses on physical oceanography, ocean-atmosphere interactions, tropical cyclones, land use land cover changes, urban heat island and urban micro-climate modelling.
The recent 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season was the most active, with 31 storms. September was the most active month of the season, with a simultaneous occurrence of five storms. This study probed into the meteorological and oceanographic conditions prevailing in the Atlantic Main Development Region (MDR) during the high activity months of August, September, and October of 2020. The mean sea surface temperature (SST) for the month of September 2020 was around 0.2 °C higher than the 30 years climatological average. Vertical wind shear (WSH) was well below the threshold for cyclogenesis, with a mean of ~ 5 m/s. Such conditions favoured the consecutive storm formations in the basin. Statistical sensitivity analysis was extended for the above three months of 1991–2020, using SST, WSH, and low-level relative vorticity (VOR) as predictors...