The International Monsoons Project Office (IMPO) was established at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) under an agreement between the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and IITM, with the approval of the Hon'ble Minister of Earth Sciences, on 30 July 2021.

WMO, WCRP, WWRP, MoES and IITM have jointly organized an online event on 28 February 2022 celebrating the launch of IMPO, and highlighting the consolidation of monsoon research under WCRP and WWRP with IITM's continuous support.

IMPO is built on the experience gained with the International CLIVAR Monsoon Project Office (ICMPO), hosted by IITM during 2015-2021, with the recognition that its mandate needs to be expanded to cover all monsoon research related matters in WMO programmes.

One of the core responsibilities of IMPO is to support the activities of the Monsoons Panel, jointly established by CLIVAR and GEWEX core projects of the WCRP. IMPO also supports the monsoon relevant activities of the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP)'s Working Group on Tropical Meteorology Research (WGTMR). IMPO promotes cross-panel linkages within the working structures of the WWRP as well as WCRP, on monsoon-related matters.

IMPO is hosted within the IITM campus at Pune, India, and operates under the overall supervision of the Director of IITM.

People at IMPO


Dr E.N. Rajagopal

Executive Head


Dr Susmitha Joseph

Senior Scientist


Dr Rupa Kumar Kolli

Honorary Scientist