India: Kerala can now make better use of satellite data for governance and development, as the state on Monday joined the country’s GIS (Geographic Information System) platform.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the Kerala portal of Bhuvan on Tuesday to mark the conclusion of a daylong session on promoting space technology organised by the Kerala State Remote Sensing and Environmental Centre (KSREC) and ISRO.
Experts and senior officials participating in the session discussed potential applications of remote sensing data in urban planning, education, fisheries, industries, transportation, agriculture, water resources, health and local self-government.
Bhuvan offers detailed imagery of Indian locations with resolution up to one metre. It allows users to view 2D and 3D images, along with information on terrain and water resources on the Indian subcontinent. It acts as a platform for hosting government data and could be used as a tool for urban design, contour mapping, and mapping.
Bhuvan contains satellite data for more than 350 cities. Freely accessible on the Internet, it caters to a wide variety of user communities including school children. It also supports disaster management.