R & D in Earth system Science

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To encourage focused research activities towards improving the various services of the country in earth, polar ocean and atmospheric sciences for the societal benefit, 15 projects, were supported. In order to augment capacity building in the field of Earth sciences, MoES Chair Professors (IIT Delhi, NGRI Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur & IIT Kharagpur) and MoES outstanding Young Faculty (IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur) were established.

Several academic programmes like MTech/PhD (IIT Delhi, IISc Bangalore, IIT Chennai) have been initiated. Specialized Labs (Laser Diamond Anvil Cell at IISER Kolkata, Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) measurement facility at IUAC, UGC, Delhi; Raman Spectrometer for oil exploration using fluid inclusion methods at CESS, Trivandrum were set up as National facility for use by various researchers and Institutes.

To encourage indigenous capability through Joint developmental work, MoES is providing 50% funding for carrying out research in mesoscale modeling and biofuel from microalgae (NMITLI (CSIR)) and Computational Aspects of Numerical Weather Prediction (CDAC, DIT).

MoES also undertakes developmental work under international collaborations so as to bring Indian meteorological services at par with other developed countries. MoUs have been signed with United Kingdom Meteorological Office (UK), NoAA(USA), Natural Environmental Research Council (UK), Korean Meteorological Administration (Republic of Korea) KMA for exchange of technical knowledge, resources for weather and climate forecast; earth observations and earth sciences; changing water cycle; and earth science & services, respectively.

A detailed study of the Agromet Advisory Service and the Fishery Service was carried out in order to assess the impact and the economic benefits of the services

Following nine OASTCs (Ocean and Atmospheric Science & Technology Cell) are currently operational with well defined areas of research:

  1. Marine biology at Annamalai University,
  2. Marine microbiology at Goa University,
  3. Marine coastal ecology at Berhampur
  4. Marine coastal ecology at Bhavnagar University
  5. Beach Placers at Tamil University
  6. Marine geology and geophysics at Mangalore University
  7. Coastal marine culture systems at Andhra University
  8. Marine benthos at Cochin University of science and technology, and
  9. Ocean engineering and underwater robotics, IIT, Kharagpur.

A total of 103 projects have been completed and around 70 projects are ongoing at the Centres. 111 Ph.Ds, 13 M.Phils and 5 MS degrees were awarded. 204 papers have been published in peer reviewed journals. A 6-member evaluation committee under the chairmanship of Dr. A.E. Muthunayagam, Ex-Secretary, and Department of Ocean Development was constituted to evaluate the performance of the OASTCs since inception. The committee has submitted its report containing suggestions for expanding the scope of the programme and improving the productivity and output of the Centres. It is also proposed to open new OASTCs.

To increase visibility of research outputs emanating from the MoES funded projects, an open access digital repository has been set up. The repository is hosted and maintained by INCOIS, Hyderabad. Research outputs/papers emanating from ministry funded projects are uploaded in the repository which are accessible worldwide through internet.

A consortium of MoES institutes was set up for providing online access to full text database—Science Direct and abstracting and indexing database—SCOPUS.

Last Updated On 05/14/2014 - 16:29
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