Kelkar Book Satellite Meteorology

satmet-cover1The book entitled “Satellite Meteorology” by Professor R R Kelkar was published in November 2006.

The publisher is BS Publications, 4-4-309 Giriraj Lane, Sultan Bazar, Hyderabad 500 095, India, Email:contactus@bspublications.net Phone 040 2344 5677 Fax 040 2344 5611

ISBN 81 7800 137 3

Price Rs 995

Prof. G. C. Asnani, Pune, has this to say about the book “Satellite Meteorology”:

The author, Prof. R.R. Kelkar, is the former Director General of Meteorology, India Meteorological Department, and presently ISRO Space Chair Professor, Dept. of Atmospheric and Space Sciences, University of Pune. He is very familiar with Indian weather and climate, with special interest in application of science of satellite sensing to land processes (agricultural meteorology in particular), ocean surface, aviation meteorology, and all that goes with the headship of meteorological department in an important country like India. He was one of the first young meteorologists who showed, through NWP modeling, that the presence of Himalayan Tibetan Plateau was responsible for very intense monsoon activity in India and neighboring countries of Southeast Asia.

I am very happy that Prof. R.R. Kelkar has authored the book “Satellite Meteorology”, which has been brought out as a beautiful publication by BS Publishers, Hyderabad, available at a fairly reasonable and affordable price. The book will be found useful not only by university students in various departments like atmospheric physics, space physics, remote sensing, geography, climatology, environmental sciences, satellites, etc., but also by non-academicians interested in administrating and promoting modern scientific development inside India.

The book contains six chapters, respectively dealing with Fundamentals of Remote Sensing with satellites, Weather Systems throughout the world in general and India in particular, Satellite estimation of Atmosphere, Ocean and Land Parameters, Active Sensors, Satellite Inputs for Numerical Modeling and Climate Studies, and finally Future Scenario. At the end of each chapter, there are References to which the reader can go for original sources. At the end of the book, there is a Subject Index which will be helpful to any reader. The diagrams in the book are clear and beautiful, consistent with the standard of the whole publication.I am very happy to recommend the book to students, teachers, and general readers.

Dr.G.Bharathi, Associate Professor, Department of Meteorology and Oceanography, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, has the following comments:

I teach Satellite Meteorology and Satellite Oceanography. I had gone through your book on Satellite Meteorology which has enriched my knowledge in the subject and I feel that I am a better teacher in this subject with the help of your book. I have come across certain typographical errors…The book is too good to have these small errors and I felt that it is my duty to report to you so that the corrections can be made in the next editions.


The April 2009 issue (Vol 58, No. 2) of the WMO Bulletin published by the World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, carries this review of the book “Satellite Meteorology” by Prof. R. R. Kelkar:

Satellite Meteorology

R. R. Kelkar. BS Publications (2007).
ISBN 81-7800-137-3.
xix + 251 pp.
Price: US$ 26

Observing our weather from space—referred to here as satellite meteorology (SM)—has revolutionized our understanding of how the atmosphere, ocean, land and cryosphere operate and interact as part of a system. By the unique virtue of being global, satellite data have radically transformed the way meteorologists perform numerical weather prediction (NWP). Today, gigabytes of radiances from satellites are routinely assimilated into weather forecast models.

This book traces the fascinating history of satellite meteorology and its application to NWP, starting from the beginning of the space era up to the current state-of-the-art sensors, providing the reader with a comprehensive introduction to remote-sensing, climate monitoring and weather forecasting, with a particular focus on Indian meteorology. In particular, the book covers (and illustrates with nice colour figures) a variety of remote-sensing topics ranging from the orbits of the satellites, the types of radiation they sense, the physical understanding of their measurement and the retrieval of ocean, land and atmospheric parameters, up to the exploitation of their data to study tropical weather systems and constrain, validate and initialize NWP models.

The book constitutes very good material for university students planning a career in physics or Earth sciences, as well as a reference for scientists involved in Earth system research or operational weather prediction, in particular over tropical regions.

The author, R.R. Kelkar, who is currently ISRO Space Chair Professor at the University of Pune, India, has a long experience in satellite meteorology at the India Meteorological Department, and has done a very good job in synthesizing this fast growing field, highlighting its potential, as well as the related challenges and opportunities.

Reviewed by Pierre-Philippe Mathieu

6 Comments (+add yours?)

    Jan 06, 2016 @ 16:55:14

    Sir , I want to buy your book named “Satellite Meteorology “. As per your link it is not possible to place an order. online shopping is also not available.


    • Prof R R Kelkar
      Jan 07, 2016 @ 00:10:51

      Dear Rahisha,
      The contact details of BSP Books who are the publishers of my book are given below:
      Address: Marketing Division, BSP Books, 4-4-309/316, Giriraj Lane, Sultan Bazar,
      Hyderabad 500 095 India
      Phone: +91 40 2344 5688
      Fax: +91 40 2344 5611
      E-mail :info@bspbooks.net
      You may please contact them and place your order.
      R R Kelkar


  2. rrkelkar
    Dec 13, 2007 @ 06:09:17

    The book can also be ordered online from this site by following the link


  3. Jos Robin
    Dec 13, 2007 @ 03:17:28

    The book can be ordered online from this site: follow the link


  4. rrkelkar
    Sep 13, 2007 @ 02:36:49

    My book is not available online. Please click on the links in this page to know how you can buy the book.


  5. Raafat Sayed
    Sep 12, 2007 @ 17:45:06

    is it available online


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