Magazine Articles # Weather n Climate

Warming Temperatures and Arctic’s Dwindling Sea Ice

The Arctic amplification—as it has been termed, is resulting in a perceptible shift of this region to a new environment which is warmer, wetter and more variable than ever before.

Earth Science # Magazine Articles

The Glaciers of the Himalaya

In the central and eastern Himalayas, a general negative mass balance has been reported, whereas in the glaciers of the Karakoram Range in the northwestern Himalaya, heterogeneous behaviour is depicted.

Magazine Articles # Technology

Himalaya | Seeking a Coordinated Approach in Glacier Research

Himalaya has been warming at a rate much higher than the global average. The results of studies on the glaciers of three basins - Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra conducted over three decades are discussed.

Technology

Catastrophic Plastic Waste Dumping into the Oceans

Causing the death of over 100,000 marine mammals and millions of fishes and birds annually, plastic waste dumped into the ocean has emerged as the biggest waste problem of planet Earth. While over 50 per cent of the ocean area is free of any national jurisdiction, increased ocean plastic is moving the world towards a global catastrophe.

Education # NRDMS # Science # Technology

Geo-Spatial Applications for Good Governance in Education

Nelson Mandela once said, ‘education is a powerful weapon which can be used to change the world’. Education is indeed a powerful tool which can do wonders for a child, a family and the nation. Following the path, India has been taking great strides in the field of education. According to the 2016 report ‘Educational Statistics at a Glance’, by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India; the adult literacy rate reached 69.3 per cent in 2011 from 61 per cent in 2001. According...

Science # Technology

Space Debris- What Lies Ahead?

Along with the satellites, there are over 380,000 objects in orbit, most of which is space debris (Phys, 2017). Space debris is the term used to denote all artificial satellites and other parts that are now inoperative and unusable, present in Earth’s orbit or re-entering the atmosphere. These objects can start off from the humongous amounts of disintegrations, explosions and in-space collisions of satellites or launch rocket parts that have occurred. As we are about to witness the launch of thousands...

NRDMS # Technology

NRDMS Initiative to Rejuvenate Groundwater through Village Ponds

Groundwater is the source of over one-third of usable water in the country, and its over usage and contamination can lead to serious repercussions. States such as Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan consume more Groundwater than the annual Groundwater recharge, hence, depleting the resource faster. Over the years, the areas where Groundwater was readily available have seen an increase in its usage, increasing the Groundwater usage from 58 per cent in 2004 to 62 per cent in 2011 (PRS, 2016). The...

NRDMS # Technology

How NRDMS Aims to Create a Decisions Support System for Villages

How NRDMS aims to create a decisions support system for villages ? The country is passing through rapid developments across all spheres of science and technology. These developments, which have a significant focus on the exploration, development and management of natural and human resources, have been contributing to- Generation of an enormous amount of disseminated data Imbalanced development in many sectors with very little concern for sustainability, societal involvement, relevance and economic...

NRDMS # Technology

How NRDMS is Helping in Mitigating the Effects of Landslides

Every year hundreds of people lose their lives to landslides around the world. The most recent landslide that occurred in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 5, 2018, has impacted thousands and left two dead and eight missing (Sidiq, 2018). India too has had its share of devastating landslides which have taken numerous lives. Quite recently in August 2017, a landslide in the Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh took the lives of 46 people (TOI, 2017). Malin village in Pune, Maharashtra suffered a landslide...

Technology

Understanding the Spread of Invasive Species in Andaman Islands using Space Tech

Planet earth is home to almost 8.7 million (give or take a million species) different species, with 6.5 million species on land and 2.2 million species under water. Furthermore, it was stated that an astounding 91 per cent of all species under water and 86 per cent of all species on land are yet to be discovered and categorized (Census of Marine Life, 2011). Even as many of these species are labelled as threatening, there is another category of species that is posing a threat to the ecosystem around...