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Geospatial Technology for Monitoring Natural Resources

Natural resources are depleting rapidly impacting development. The availability of time series Earth observation data assists the investigation of spatial patterns of different natural resources and the changes therein.

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Solar Irradiance & Disasters

Global changes due to the influence of extraterrestrial phenomena can be studied by using various satellite based information. An attempt is made in this article to understand the influence of such changes as a cumulative factor to predict some of the natural disasters which would make disaster management more effective.

Magazine Articles # Technology

GIS and Remote Sensing in Natural Resource Management

Remote sensing and GIS can be used to generate data that can help achieve sustainable management of natural resources. Maps created through a GIS interface provide a fillip to analysis and bring us a step closer to visualising the complex patterns and relationships that characterise real-world planning and policy problems.

Technology

Heritage Sites Mapping

India is culturally very rich and diverse and has a long history. This richness and history is visible in historical architectures and monuments. India has a vast number of heritage sites that showcase India’s history and culture and thus are of great national importance. Also, many of these heritage sites get huge national as well as global attention and generate tourism opportunities. Unprecedented urbanisation, severe weathering of the monuments, encroachment around the monuments, smuggling...

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Solar Power in India

Most of the people today know about the uses of solar energy and why we should use it. With the rapid depletion of conventional, non-renewable sources of energy like coal, gas and oil, finding out ways to harness and increase the production of alternate, renewable sources of energy is on the rise. Can we harness solar energy and produce solar power in India? India, being partly tropical and sub-tropical, receives sunlight all round the year. The amount of solar energy received by India is a whopping...

NRDMS # Technology

Good Governance: GIS in Law Enforcement

Catering to over 1.3 billion people, the law enforcement agencies in India face a lot of challenges. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), India had deployed only 138 personnel per one lakh population in 2015. India ranked 67th out of 71 countries in terms of personnel deployed to population ratio (ET, 2015). According to the Bureau of Police Research & Development, as of January 2017, India had 15,579 police stations, with 10,052 stations in urban areas, 4,998 stations...

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Geo-Spatial Applications by NRDMS in Telecom

According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the total number of telephone subscribers in the country amounted to 1.2 billion as of September 2017. This comprises of both the wireless and the wireline subscribers in the country. The number of rural subscribers is over 500 million while the urban subscribers amount to over 700 million (TRAI, 2017). The biggest players in Indian telecom industry are familiar names such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance Jio. Government-controlled...

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PV Efficiency Grounds India’s Solar Ambitions

India is fast emerging as the largest market for low cost and poor quality solar photovoltaics (PV) modules— a compounding hazardous waste, especially threatening in the absence of adequate quality control.

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.

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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.