Monday, April 30, 2012

New tech to help study geographical problems

From the Times of India: New tech to help study geographical problems
AJMER: The remote sensing and geo-informatics department of Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University will analyze and study the data for Rajasthan received from Risat ( radar imaging satellite) which is put in orbit a day before. The department has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with space center of ISRO, Ahmedabad.

The statistics will be helpful in getting information about the ground resources of the state as well as weather of the region. The new technology will provide clear picture of crops and ground realities of geographical problems.

The department will also study the information received from the satellite and the report will be submitted to ISRO again. "With this new technology we will be able to get better information on earth resources," said S Palaria, the department head.

Palaria said, "Till now clear satellite pictures of the ground could not be captured due to weather conditions and clouds, but now even with bad weather we can get high resolution pictures. This will matter a lot because we can then study the realities of flood and drought in the state to make our policies."

The department will also go through resources underneath the earth's crust in the state. "We get the geo images of big regions and better resolution" said a professor of the department.

The department will get the data of Risat through ISRO and the department with geo-informatics technique will decode the information and make a report based on it. "It is great work for the department which will also give report of change in weather and land face," added Palaria.

The department is working on advancement and dissemination of remote sensing technology and education. They used conventional methods in the fields, planning and management of natural resources and environment by organizing seminars.

"We also organize models, exhibitions and talks on geo-informatics science to encourage students to study this latest science," said a member of remote sensing chapter of Ajmer.

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