Quarter Century of Ocean Technology

The National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) is the only institute in the country working on technology for the oceans. In the quarter century of its existence, the achievements are truly remarkable. Technology development has been taken up from shallow water depths to deep waters. The areas of activity encompass societal benefits, strategic needs, technology […]

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India’s AI Applications in Healthcare

It is not surprising that India has a booming healthcare sector, considering that a population of 1.35 billion in 2018 is likely to exhibit myriad morbidities (World Bank, 2018). With a three-fold increase in the healthcare market and governmental projections pushing a 372 billion USD mark in 2022, the sector is ready for significant technological […]

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Damdama and Badhkal Lakes

Haryana’s Disappearing Lakes

A ridge spans the land between two sprawling megalopolis’ in the making–Gurgaon and Faridabad. Dotted with lakes, ponds and tiny water bodies, the Aravalli outcrops offer an interesting exploration format, not to mention its myriad ecological needs. But for land developers the ancient rocks are encumbrances that need to be blasted away, making way for […]

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Air Pollution and Health Risk Reduction

Rising levels of air pollution and alternation of atmospheric composition are largely connected to rapid industrialisation, motorisation and energy consumption. Increasing concentrations of nitrogen oxides, sulphur and carbon, especially in metropolitan cities like Delhi have started to pose major health risks in the form of physical and mental health disorders (Chen and Kan, 2008). The […]

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Monitoring Natural Resources

Geospatial Technology for Monitoring Natural Resources

Humans are dependent on natural resources to fulfill their basic needs—food, clothes and shelter. However, there has been decline in these resources over last few decades with unprecedented population growth. Resources like water, arable land and fossil fuels have become scarce due to over-consumption. With world population expected to increase to 8.3 billion by 2030, […]

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Solar Irradiance

Solar Irradiance & Disasters

High resolution satellite data in integration with other Earth science data has the potential to predict disasters and evolve methodologies for preparedness. Terrestrial factors, such as plate movements as well as extraterrestrial changes of the Sun and Earth’s environment are responsible for global changes (Mukherjee, 2006). Satellite based observations show that periodic monitoring from space […]

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Environmental Norms

Judgement vs Implementation

Since the past three decades, the Indian judiciary has played a proactive role in the protection of the environmentand impementing environmental norms. While conventionally, it is the executive and legislature that play the major role in the process of governance—including decisions concerning the environment—the judiciary has not been hesitant in resolving environmental disputes, often laying […]

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