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UEA scientists research rainfall in India in hope they can predict monsoons

The underwater robot Credit: University of East Anglia

Scientists in Norwich have travelled to India to help with a project that can predict monsoon rainfall there.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia will be using underwater robots in the Bay of Bengal to monitor how ocean conditions influence the climate.

It's hoped the £8 million project will help forecast the rains more accurately and so reduce any damage caused.

The robot will be used to monitor conditions underwater Credit: University of East Anglia

"The Indian monsoon is notoriously hard to predict. It is a very complicated weather system and the processes are not understood or recorded in science. We will be combining oceanic and atmospheric measurements to monitor weather systems as they are generated. Nobody has ever made observations on this scale during the monsoon season itself so this is a truly ground-breaking project."

– Lead researcher, Prof Adrian Matthews, UEA

The project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, the Newton Fund, the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences and the UK's Met Office.

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UEA scientists to work on £8m project to predict monsoons

Researchers will be using underwater robots to monitor ocean conditions. Credit: UEA

Scientists in Norwich are heading to India this morning to help with a project that can predict monsoon rainfall there.

Researchers at the UEA will be using underwater robots in the Bay of Bengal to monitor how ocean conditions influence the climate.

It's hoped the £8 million project will help forecast the rains more accurately, and so reduce any damage caused.

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