Agumbe received lesser rainfall than Nadpal and Mudrali this monsoon
“Cherrapunji of the South”
- Agumbe, often dubbed as the “Cherrapunji of the South,” is known for its extraordinary rainfall.
- Located in the Shivamogga district of Karnataka.
- Agumbe receives an astonishing amount of rainfall, exceeding 8,000 mm during the monsoon season.
- The Agumbe Rainforest Complex is a prominent natural feature in this region.
Historical Rainfall Records
- The area has a long history of recording rainfall data, dating back to the British era with the installation of a rain gauge in 1882.
- Agumbe’s heavy rainfall plays a vital role in sustaining multiple water bodies, nurturing rivers that originate from the Western Ghats.
Agumbe Rainforest Research Station Goals
- The Agumbe Rainforest Research Station is dedicated to studying monsoons in the Agumbe Rainforest Complex.
- It serves academic interests in biodiversity and investigates the impact of monsoons on the natural habitat of the King Cobra.
- The Agumbe Rainforest Complex encompasses several regions, including the Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, Kudremukh National Park, Kodachadri & Mookambika hill ranges, and various reserve forests such as Kundapur, Shankaranarayana, Hosanagara, Sringeri, and Thirthahalli.
- Research in these areas primarily focuses on understanding the influence of rain. copyright©iasexpress.net
- The region is known for its thick and endemic bamboo groves, which are vital for the Western Ghats ecosystem.
- These bamboo groves require high rainfall to reach the size needed to house King Cobra nests.
Decline in Bamboo Groves
- Researchers at the Agumbe Rainforest Research Centre have noted a decline in bamboo groves due to insufficient rain.
- Agumbe is situated in the state of Karnataka.
- The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted 95% of the usual rainfall for India during the monsoon season.
- Specific predictions indicated that Western Ghats areas, including the Nilgiris and Sahyadris, were expected to receive more rain than usual.
- However, the monsoon was delayed, with a 22-day delay in August.
- This delay resulted in drier conditions in the Western Ghats, affecting regions like Agumbe known for their heavy rainfall.