New Delhi: K.J. Ramesh, a senior scientist and advisor at the ministry of earth sciences, will be the new chief of India Meteorological Deparment (IMD), the government forecasting agency.

Ramesh will be taking over the office from L.S. Rathore who specialized in agricultural meteorology.

Ramesh advises the ministry of earth sciences on climate change and disaster support and has worked on disaster risk reduction and mitigation for the government for several years.

IMD is responsible for weather and climate related forecasts for the country, most importantly the forecast for the June to September monsoon season in April and weather hazards such as cyclones and heavy rains.

“The appointment has been approved and he will take over as IMD Director General on Monday," said M. Rajeevan, Secretary, ministry of earth sciences.