Meteorologist (TNSDMA office at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) at RIMES

Scope of Work

Hazard risk analyst – Meteorologist will report to Anshul Agarwal, RIMES Hydro met Team Lead and work in the supervision of the Project coordinator, TNSMART, and in coordination with all Team members shall have the following specific tasks:

  • Develop and enforce standard operating procedures for observation data collection, storage, and
  • Interpret AWS data to understand weather patterns, climate trends, and potential impacts on various sectors, such as agriculture, transportation, and emergency
  • Evaluate various forecast products integrated in TNSDMA and assess their performance at various administrative
  • Evaluate different forecast products to capture the extreme events in the
  • Perform periodic audits to ensure adherence to established quality
  • Implement continuous improvement initiatives to enhance data quality and
  • Develop protocols for responding to severe weather events or
  • Coordinate with relevant agencies, such as disaster management authorities, during extreme weather
  • Ensure timely dissemination of critical weather data during
  • Periodically review data, equipment, and procedures to ensure compliance with standards and
  • Conduct audits and evaluations of the AWS station’s


Activity Month Project Deliverable Due Date
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1






Data monitoring   x x x x x x x x x x x Monitoring the ARG and AWS data everyday Every day
Quality assurance   x x x x x x x x x x x Monitoring any abnormalities and check with vendors Every day
Advisory   x x x x x x x x x x x Generate location-based impact advisory to various departments Every week or month
Alert dissemination   x x x x x x x x x x x Provide early warnings to communities to help mitigate the impact of these events. Every day
Research   x x x x x x x x x x x Research the phenomena of El nino and La nino and their impacts Long term research



  • Doctorate or Master’s degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, or a closely related


  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in related

      Skills and abilities

  • Certificate courses in atmospheric physics, dynamics, thermodynamics, climatology, satellite meteorology, and other relevant subjects
  • Competence in using computer software for data processing and analysis is necessary. This may include software for visualisation, statistical analysis, and geographical information systems (GIS).
  • Familiarity with the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of AWS equipment is This includes understanding sensor calibration, data transmission systems, and other technical aspects of the instrumentation will be an advantage.

      Personal qualities

  • Excellent interpersonal skills; team-oriented work style; pleasant personality; strong desire to learn and undertake new challenges; a creative problem-solver; willingness to work hard; interest and experience in working in a multicultural
  • Good communication (written, verbal, and presentation) skills in English

Contract Duration

The contract will be for 1 year, subject to a 4-month probationary period, and annual performance review.


The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) is an international and intergovernmental institution that is owned and managed by its 48 Member and Collaborating States for building capacities in the generation and application of user-relevant multi- hazard early warning information, for resources and risks management. RIMES was established on 30 April 2009 through the signing by collaborating countries of the RIMES regional cooperation agreement. RIMES was registered with the United Nations under Article 102 of the UN Charter on 1 July 2009. RIMES Headquarters operates from its regional early warning center, located at the campus of the Asian Institute of Technology in Pathumthani, Thailand.

RIMES’ purpose is to provide early warning services according to differing needs and demands of its Member States, for enhanced preparedness and response to, and mitigation of, natural hazards. Its specific objectives are:

  1. Facilitate the establishment and maintenance of core regional observing and monitoring networks to ensure data availability for early warning;
  2. Provide earthquake and tsunami services within the framework of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO);
  3. Support National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) for providing localized hydro-meteorological risk information within the framework of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO); and
  4. Enhance warning response capacities at all levels (national to community) within each national early warning

RIMES provides a portfolio of options for Member States to avail from, or contribute to, any of these objectives.


This introductory note is provided to enable you to understand the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority (TNSDMA), its responsibilities and the administrative set up in which you are expected to integrate yourself for delivering the best of your services and enhance the effectiveness of the Organization.

TNSDMA has many Senior Policy Makers, Senior Administrators with rich experience of leading from the front during disasters and officials who tirelessly work on 24X7 basis, in preparedness, response, relief, reconstruction and mitigation. We value your individual Qualifications, expertise, knowledge and skills, but how you embed yourself in the above ecosystem as a Core team player will be more important to the Organization.


The Tamil Nadu Disaster Risk Reduction Agency (TNDRRA) is the Executive Agency of the Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority (TNSDMA).

The TNDRRA functions under the overall control of the Commissionerate of Revenue Administration and Disaster Management headed by the Additional Chief Secretary and Commissioner of Revenue Administration/ State Relief Commissioner. The TNDRRA is headed by the Director Disaster Management assisted by the Joint Director (Disaster Management) Assistant Commissioner (Recovery & Reconstruction), Assistant Commissioner (Natural Calamities) and Assistant Commissioner (Documentation and Media Relations)

The functions of TNDRRA are:

  1. To act as the executive agency for the State Disaster Management Authority for coordinating the various Disaster Management related activities in the State at all
  2. To guide and assist the District Administration in the rescue and relief
  3. To act as a resource center for information, trained manpower, experts, NGOs and community-based
  4. To undertake Capacity building, training and awareness relating to Disaster Management and
  5. To provide technical assistance and consultancy services to the
  6. To undertake research and development processes regarding causes for losses on account of natural disasters and to suggest remedial measures for minimizing the
  7. To develop approach, philosophy, policy guidelines, management and action plans for managing disaster of any
  8. To formulate and implement externally aided projects on disaster
  9. To achieve the objects of the Society and to obtain funds for mitigation, risk reduction activities rehabilitation and settlement and to ensure optimum utilization of these funds obtained in the form of grant, aid, assistance or loan from Government of Tamil Nadu, Government of India, World Bank, ADB, USAID, DFID, IFRC, Donors, NGOs and from financial institutions, public and private trusts or any other
  10. Management, Administration, Investment & Re-investment of funds out of sale proceeds received from the sale of land, buildings, equipment’s, furniture, fixtures, debris or any other things or articles or infrastructure

State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC)

The SEOC / Control Room is a 24-hour communication Center that disseminates all early warnings and alerts received from Indian Meteorological Department, Central Water Commission, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, and other authorities to state Authorities, District Collectors and with the associated line Departments of State Government. People requiring emergency assistance contact the SEOC by dialing the toll-free number 1070. The SEOC is equipped with modern communication equipment adequate manpower and material resources and it functions in close collaboration with 38 District Emergency Operation Centers, the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) New Delhi, District Collectors, Monitoring Officers other Disaster Warning agencies (National & State), Armed Forces, National Disaster Response Force, Tamil Nadu Disaster Response Force and Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services.

The SEOC has the following Communication and Decision Support Systems.

  1. Emergency Response Support Services (ERSS) – a system that integrates “Dial 112 – Pan –India Single number” with the SEOC facilitated by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing –Trivandrum,
  2. Integrated Common Alerting Protocol for communication of Disaster Alerts and Warnings, facilitated by the Center for Development of Telematics New
  3. Integrated Flood Warning Systems for Chennai, TNSDMA- National Centre for Coastal Research Chennai collaborative Project
  4. Real Time Flood Forecasting for Chennai Basins developed by SECON Consultancy Bengaluru as part of the Tamil Nadu Sustainable Urban Development Project

Multi Hazard Early Warning

The State Emergency Operation Centre is being upgraded with Multi Hazard Early Warning capabilities in tune with the Guidelines of the World Meteorological Organization.

Key activities:

  • Develop systems and modules utilizing the latest technological advances, building on the existing mechanisms to enable MHEWC to access, analyze and process all required data and information from various sources in the state, country, region and globe for proactive management of disasters in Tamil Nadu
  • To provide key domain experts and specialists to be housed at the Technical Cell of MHEWC and gradually build TNSDMA capacity with the skilled domain expertise to manage and sustain MHEWC – Provide necessary training and orientation to deployed officials/ experts at MHEWC for its effective functioning
  • Create an integrated solution for comprehensive risk management for all hazards in Tamil Nadu addressing sectoral risk management decision-making for all sectors that are sensitive to weather/ climate and other disasters.

The Conceptual Framework Technical Cell

The Technical Cell will consist of Multi-Disciplinary Technical Expert Services from RIMES (Remote) for enhancing the Multi-Hazard Early Warning Capability.

Technical Expert Services for enhancing the Multi-Hazard Early Warning Capabilities to support proactive management of disaster risks by housing and sustaining, enhanced TNSMART Decision Support. The expertise from various domains viz., Meteorology, Climatology, Coastal Hydrodynamics, Hydrology, Seismology, Oceanography, Information and Communications Technology, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, Mass Communication, Climate Information Application and Disaster Risk Management will be availed from RIMES based on the need and for a specific period.

The services will be utilized to maintain, operate and sustain emergency operations and guide TNSDMA’s proactive, risk-informed decision-making. The Hazard Risk Vulnerability Analysis and Risk Mapping will also be completed with these expert services. Part of the above services will be availed from RIMES (Remote) experts on a need basis for specific man-days for defined outcomes.

Expert Services at TNDRRA (Technical Cell) for the development of Real-Time Data Acquisition, Decision Support Systems and Applications for Weather Monitoring and other support services

RIMES will position expert services in TNDRRA and provide technical support, and handhold and build the capacity of TNDRRA personnel on Real-Time Data Acquisition, Decision Support Systems and Applications for Weather Monitoring.

The Technical Cell established as an integral part of the MHEWC would support proactive management of disaster risks by housing and sustaining enhanced TNSMART DSS along with a team of relevant professionals with expertise from various domains- Meteorology, Climatology, Coastal Hydrodynamics, Hydrology, Seismology, Oceanography, Information and Communications Technology, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, Mass Communication, Climate Information Application, and Disaster Risk Management

This Cell would bring operational, research and development support to the State’s disaster management processes and conduct capacity-building activities on all functional tools and emergency operation management. The Cell would also interact with line departments for regular data collection/ integration and work closely with TNSDMA decision-makers to ensure the delivery of warnings and information to the public through the established emergency operation centres. It would utilize the WMO framework and checklists and customize them to the contextual requirements of the State to respond to the needs of the community at risk and their response capabilities built around the four elements of the end-to-end-multi-hazard early warning system

The Technical Cell will maintain, operate, and sustain emergency operations and guide TNSDMA’s proactive, informed decision-making. The Cell would serve as a technical wing of TNSDMA through competent professionals and provide the following services

  • Hazard Risk Vulnerability Assessment and Risk Mapping of Floods, Cyclone, Droughts, Landslides, Lightning, Heat Waves, Earthquake Micro Zonation, Sea Water Incursion, River Erosion, Sea Erosion, CBRN and Crop Inundation
  • Standard Operating Procedures for SEOC and DEOCs
  • Standard Operating Procedures for Various Disaster Emergencies
  • Meso – Scale Weather Forecasting using satellite inputs from the Space Application Centre Ahmedabad
  • Establishing Real-Time Data Acquisition, Storage, Data Validation and Processing, Analysis, Security and Access Control, Visualization Dissemination, Scalability and Maintenance for Integrating 1400 ARGs, 100 AWS and more than 600 ARG and AWS of Departments
  • Integration of SDEM, I-FLOWS in TNSMART
  • Customize Impact Based Forecasts
  • Capacity Building of DDMAs and Departments
  • Provide support linked to the mandated technical agencies, analyzing the observation/ monitoring data from Satellite, Radar, ARG, AWS and other ground-based observation systems, hydrological networks, lightning detection stations, landslide and ground-motion monitoring and detection stations among others; scientific and technical support for hazard, risk, and impact analysis, especially during
  • This cell within MHEWC/ TNSDMA shall have a beneficial institutional link with the IMD-RIMES Unit (IRU).

Administrative Control of the Technical Cell

The Director DM will administratively control the expert services and seek the services of the technical experts according to the emerging needs. The Technical Guidance will be provided by the RIMES for the mandated activities. The Selected individuals will be trained by RIMES, Space Application Centre Ahmedabad and at Premier Academic, Scientific and Research Institutions, National Institute of Disaster Management etc.


The objective of this consulting service is to support enhancement of TNSMART so it can serve as one stop solution for all forecast information and data needs for TNDRRA. Meteorologist is responsible to review all NWP forecast products integrated in TNSDMA and access their performance at various administrative levels.

At a glance

Company: Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES)

Posted Date: 04/01/2024

Deadline Date: 04/30/2024

Target Field :

Climate Change And Sustainable Development, Energy, Environmental Engineering and Management, Sustainability Energy Transition, and Natural Resources Management

Employment Type : Full Time

Location : Tamil Nadu, India

About Company

Phone: (+662) 516-0120


Email :

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send your application letter, resume, salary expectation and 2 references in PDF format to by midnight of 30 April 2024, Bangkok time. Please state “Meteorologist: Your Name” the Subject line of the email. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Ms. Dusadee Padungkul

Head-Operational Support

Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System

AIT Campus, 58 Moo 9 Paholyothin Rd., Klong 1,

Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 Thailand.