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The Ministry of Earth Sciences has taken various initiatives in the year 2021.
Several of the initiatives are:
Earth System Science Data Portal (ESSDP): It was launched by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES). It is an integrated digital web portal of MoES institutes that makes available data on various themes of earth system science for public use.
Atmospheric Research Testbed: It is an open field observatory located in Madhya Pradesh, It helps in better understanding the processes governing monsoon convection and land-atmosphere interactions over the core monsoon region using state-of-the-art observational systems such as Radars, Wind Profilers, UAVs.
Indigenous Decision Support System: It has been developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) for advanced air quality management for the Delhi NCR region.
High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model: It is a high frequency, hourly updating atmospheric forecasts model for the next 12 hours. It covers the entire mainland of India to provide weather forecasts for every two kilometres in all the regions.
Water Quality Buoy: It is deployed by National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR) in the coastal water off Puducherry. This is an automated water quality buoy fitted with sensors to monitor the variations in the water quality and productivity of the coastal waters.
Indian Ocean Data Portal: It has been developed by INCOIS jointly with NIOT and PMEL-NOAA. It will showcase the large inventory of meteorological and oceanographic data sets with direct access for data display and delivery.
Scientific deep drilling in the Koyna intraplate seismic zone in Maharashtra: This project was approved in 2013. It will provide a unique opportunity to better understand the mechanism of reservoir-triggered earthquakes.
International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOocean): It has been established at INCOIS, Hyderabad. It is aimed at promoting the development and optimization of scientific base, technology and information system for operational oceanography at national, regional and global scales.
Source: This post is based on the article ‘Year-End Review-2021: M/o Earth Sciences’ published in PIB on 29th Dec 2022.