Agroclimatic Atlas of India

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To develop new genetic strains and evolving the most effective agricultural practices, much climatic information is required. This relates not only to rainfall and atmospheric temperature, humidity etc, but also to radiation, evaporation and soil moisture. In view of this Agroclimatic Atlas of India is prepared. It is anticipated that this will be useful to different agricultural scientists / planners.

To develop new genetic strains and evolve themost effective agricultural practices, much climatic information is required. This relatesnot only to rainfall and atmospheric temperature, humidity, etc. but also to radiation, evaporation andsoil moisture. General meteorologicl observations were commenced in India in the second half of the nineteenth century. During the lastthree tofour decades agrometeorological observations have been recorded all over the country. Sufficient data had become available for presenting the agroclimatic information in the form of an Atlas.

The Agricultural Meteorology Division of the India MeteorologicalDepartment published first edition of Agroclimatic Atlas of India in theyear 1978. This Atlas was found very useful in research work and hence it was demanded by most of the agricultural research institutions in India and abroad. Because of its large size, it is more suited for reference in library. It was, therefore decided to bring out a compact sized and cheaper edition of the 1978 Atlaswithout altering its contents. With thisedition, it is hoped that needs of individual scientists and research students would be met.