Agricultural Meteorology

The Department of Agricultural Meteorology is one of the pioneer departments in India for starting concurrent academic and research programme leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Meteorology since 1964. The full-fledged department setup, however, came into existence in the year 1983. With the starting of AICRP on Agrometeorology in year 1983, the research works were strengthened, which was further boosted with the infrastructure development through adhoc projects funded by ICAR, DST, IMD and ISRO. Application of remote sensing in agriculture was started in the year 1985 under plan scheme of Govt. of Gujarat. Weather based agro-advisory services for farmers of middle Gujarat was initiated in year 1991, which is now extended for all the districts of Gujarat and shortly it will extend for all talukas of Gujarat under Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS) project funded by IMD, New Delhi. The Center for Weather Forecasting and Climate Change is started in 2008 under 11th plan scheme of Government of Gujarat. Department also maintains agro meteorological data for different research stations of AAU and provide the valuable information about different meteorological parameters to various user community.


  • Teaching Agricultural Meteorology courses at under graduate level and Agricultural Meteorology at post graduate level
  • Carryout research work for understanding the crop-weather interactions, crop modeling, remote sensing and climate-based crop planning for major crops of Gujarat.
  • Provide technical supports to for establishment, maintenance of instruments and recording of agrometeorological data and maintains Agromet data bank for Gujarat state and to provide them to user agencies.
  • Disseminate the agromet information to farmers through various mode of communication and outreach activities.
Academic programmes

(I) Under Graduate and Polytechnic Teaching


(i) Courses of U.G.



Agricultural Meteorology and climate change Ag.Met.1.1(1+1)

BA college of agriculture, Anand

College of agriculture, Vaso

College of agriculture, Jabugam


Agrometeorology and climate change NRMH 2.4 (1+1)

College of Horticulture, Anand


Environmental Science ENVS 6.1 (1+1)

BA college of agriculture, Anand

College of agriculture,Vaso

College of agriculture, Jabugam

(ii) Courses of Polytechnic in Agriculture and Horticulture


Agricultural Meteorology Ag.Met. 5.1 (2+1)

Polytechnic in Agriculture, Anand

Polytechnic in Agriculture, Vaso


Environmental Science BSC5.4 (2+1)

(II) Post graduate Programme

(i)M.Sc./Ph.D. courses

Department offers Post Graduate courses in Agricultural Meteorology under its PG programme leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Meteorology. At present 4 Ph.D. and 5 M.Sc. students are perusing their study in the discipline. In addition to students majoring in Agricultural Meteorology, the students of other disciplines (Statistics, Agronomy, Soil Science, Horticulture, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Livestock Production Management, Agricultural information technology) also opt Agricultural Meteorology courses as allied courses in their P.G. programme. PG courses are offer as per ICAR Fifth Dean committee recommendation. In addition to these courses students opt other courses from minor /allied subjects of their interest.

(ii) Courses for P.G. and Ph.D.

  1. Fundamentals of Meteorology and Climatology 2. Fundamentals of Agricultural Meteorology 3. Micrometeorology 4. Agro-meteorological measurements and Instrumentation 5. Soil water balance climatology 6. Crop weather models 7. Weather modification and risk management Strategies 8. Principles of remote sensing and its applications in Agriculture 9. Applied agricultural Climatology. 10. Climate change and sustainable development 11. Weather forecasting, 12. Air pollution Meteorology 13.Weather, climate and livestock 14. Analytical tools and methods for Agrometeorology 15. Strategic Use of climatic information 16. Mathematics in agriculture and Biology 17. Database management and commercialization of Agrometeorological data in E-service.

(iii) Academics achievements

Students from different parts of the country and foreign country as well, join the department for their M. Sc. and Ph.D. programmes. So far, thirty-nine (39) M.Sc. and thirty-three (33) Ph.D. students have earned their degree in Agricultural Meteorology. The research problems undertaken by the students ranged from agroclimatic resource characterization to crop-weather relationship, weather-pest-disease relationship, crop growth modeling, modeling of evapotraspiration, phyto-meteorology, energy balance studies, simulation modeling and yield prediction and remote sensing application.

Research programmes

Besides PG research in the department, the research work is carried out mainly under AICRP on Agrometeorology scheme, where in clear mandate is defined on different aspects viz; agroclimatic resource characterization, crop-weather relationship, crop growth modeling, crop weather-pest-disease relationships. Experiments are conducted to achieve the objectives set out under its mandate. Besides this, the research work is also carried out under different plan schemes, collaborative works and under ad-hoc research projects operating in the departments with the funding from ICAR/DST/ISRO/MoES etc.

Ongoing research schemes/projects


Title of project

Funding agency


Plan schemes



All India Coordinated Research Project on Agrometeorology(AICRPAM)

ICAR, New Delhi


Centre for Weather Forecasting and Climate Change

Government of Gujarat


Application of remote sensing in agriculture with special reference to crop stress detection

Government of Gujarat


Gramin Krishi Mausam Seva (GKMS)

IMD, New Delhi

(ii) Ad-Hoc projects


National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture- AICRPAM

ICAR, New Delhi


Forecasting of Agricultural output using Space, Agrometeorology and Land based observations (FASAL) (IMD, New Delhi)

IMD, New Delhi

Extension activities

The department is actively engaged in preparing weather-based agromet-advisories for the farming community of the zone. Based on weather forecast received from IMD, advisories are prepared for all the districts of the zone and disseminated through various mass media like news paper, TV channels, internet etc. Approximately 1,02133 plus registered farmers of middle Gujarat receiving SMS through mkisan portal biweekly (Tuesday and Friday). The research output, emerging out of research works recommended for the scientific and farming communities are used in preparing the Agro-Advisory in consultation with experts of different disciplines viz. Agronomy, Entomology and Plant Pathology etc. Department also provides training to subject matter specialists of government through T&V programme. Weather and climate awareness programme is also organized for the students/public/farmers from time to time.

Department act as a lead centre in Gujarat in providing technical know-how for establishment, maintenance of agrometeorological instruments, collection of data and their processing. Department also provides training to observers from time to time. Department has updated its agrometeorological observatories at all the 16 research stations under jurisdiction of AAU.

Other activities

Experts of the department also provide inputs for different scheme of Government of Gujarat as well as Government of India like Pradhanmantri Fasal Beema Yojana (PMBFY), drought monitoring, area estimation and yield forecasting using remote sensing, contingency crop planning and weather based advisories.

In addition to the education and research and extension activities being carried out the department also pioneer in starting a scientific society namely “Association of Agrometeorologists” with its headquarter at Anand publishes “Journal of Agrometeorology” regularly since 1999. Current NAAS rating of journal is 6.64 (Year 2020).



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Head of Department: Dr. Manoj M.Lunagaria

              Telefax: 02692-261426


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