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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...

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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 growth. India consists of over 6,40,867 villages, in which...

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...

Earth Science

Rare Super Blue Blood Moon Visible on January 31st 2018

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) prediction is correct, and we will be able see a super blue blood moon in the night skies today on January 31st, 2018. In this event the lunar eclipse with a reddish moon, the super moon (a closer and larger moon) and the blue moon (two full moons within a month) could all be visible simultaneously. Termed as a super blue blood moon, this sort of lunar eclipse is an extremely rare event and last occurred in December, 1982. It is expected...

Technology

The Use of Spatial Technology for Crime Mapping

A Geographical Information System is a tool which can be used to conceptualize data and support in decision-making. It can be used to read, store, edit, showcase and analyse spatial data, which makes it a viable tool for numerous applications. What makes GIS effective is its ability to connect completely dissimilar features on the basis of positioning data of the target area. GIS is not only a tool but it is also a decision support system for policymakers as it can help officials understand the problems...

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Village Information Systems: A step towards G-Governance

A Village Information System (VIS) is an application based on Geographical Information System (GIS), which provides information about multiple factors such as demography, infrastructure, population and natural resources at the village, district and state level. VIS allows the management and analysis of village related data for efficient rural planning. A VIS consists of both spatial and non-spatial data which assimilate to become a single VIS database. Spatial data includes features which are directly...

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Using GIS in the Tourism Industry

India, the land of diversity and colours! India is home to 36 world heritage sites and a wonder of the world, India has always been a must-visit destination for tourists around the world. India welcomed over 8.03 million foreign tourists in 2015, and the number rose to 8.80 million in 2016 (GOI, 2017). According to a report by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC, 2017), the tourism industry in India generated 220 billion USD in 2016, which amounted to 9.6 per cent of the nation’s GDP. The industry...

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Election Mapping using GIS

In the first ever general election in 1952, India had 176 million registered voters while in the most recent general elections of 2014, the country has 814 million registered voters (India Today, 2014). People in India, the largest democracy of the world elect representatives for Parliament, State Assembly, Panchayat and Nagar Palika. While the Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA) come together to form the state level government, the Members of Parliament (MP) constitute the national level government. A...

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Using GIS to classify danger zones to minimize landslide hazard

A Geographical Information System (GIS) is devised to capture, store, manage, display and analyze spatial data which enables users to utilize geographical information for various applications.  It performs as a viable tool to conceptualize spatial data and assist in building decision support systems for organizations. Data stored in GIS is stored as points, lines, polygons and raster images. What makes GIS special and effective is the use of spatial indices which make it possible to identify multiple...