Unravelling the earth’s deep secrets, A unique Indian laboratory in Karad

The Borehole Geophysics Research Laboratory (BGRL) situated in Karad, Maharashtra is a first of a kind and the only laboratory in India that has been helping scientists to study earth’s deep secrets for nearly five years now (Fig 1). Set up in 2014, BGRL has enabled scientists to get access to a variety of samples […]

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M N Rajeevan I Collaboration is the essence of science increasing the opportunity to work extensively

G’nY. Most of the Antarctic state parties have enacted laws for safety of their personnel and activities in Antarctic waters and land. Where does India stand in drafting an Antarctic legislation? Oceanographic research interests India is well ahead into the preparation of an Antarctic legislation. A high level quasi-legal committee has been constituted for the […]

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M Ravichandran I NCPOR: India’s gateway to Polar Regions

G’nY. NCPOR has changed its name several times to justify its reorientation to changing roles. How would you define these rechristening? The first Indian expedition to Antarctica was launched from National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa. Soon after the Department of Ocean Development (DOD) came into existence. With an increasing awareness of Antarctica, DOD soon […]

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M-A-Atmanand, NIOT, MoES, Desalination, Deep Sea Mining

Dr M A Atmanand I Methods of desalination can convert sea water to potable water

G’nY. What economic benefits does India stand to gain from deep sea mining ? Methods of desalination. NIOT is developing a crawler based deep sea mining machine which will pick up manganese nodules from a depth of about 6000 m, crush and pump it to the surface ship. Various sub systems like pumping trails, crawler […]

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Dr M N Rajeevan I Technological innovations can help India become third largest economy by 2030

G’nY. With the global environment subject to rapid change, where do you think oceans feature? Oceans are the storehouses of energy, water and food and control weather and climate, underpinning life on Earth. However that relationship is ever-changing. Any change in the ocean system caused by anthropological means or otherwise affects the planet in some […]

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A Career in Climate Science

Climate Change has become one of the most challenging concerns in the contemporary world. As reported in mid-September this year, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), after analysing climate models has predicted that India is likely to be subjected to extreme rainfalls and discriminate weather conditions in the future. This will pose enhanced danger […]

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Predicting Poor Air Quality Events

Timely air quality information, even 24 hours in advance can assist those coping with health problems that are aggravated by ground-level ozone, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter and other pollutants. Air quality advisories or alerts issued when pre-determined pollutant threshold exceeds should result in actions to reduce pollution levels and encourage people […]

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Working towards saving earth

Dr Shailesh Nayak in conversation with the editor offers insights on issues of sustainability and scientific integration in order to create solutions in a changing climate regime. ‘Earth System Science’ – the mandate area of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) includes the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and geosphere and encompasses a range of activities. Please […]

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Innovative Interventions

Despite considerable technological advancement and improved irrigation facilities, Indian farmers are still dependent on monsoons. Inclement weather events such as, cold and heat waves, hail, squalls, tropical storms severely affect agricultural production. The malevolent effect of adverse weather can be partially reduced if predicted in advance and farmers suitably advised. At present public weather forecasts […]

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