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Indian university to conduct biodiversity assessment study

City of Vadodara, courtesy- FastmeteoVadodara: A biodiversity assessment study will be carried out using geospatial approach in which geographic information systems and geomatics and other informational techniques will be used to analyse data in the Indian state of Gujarat. Maharaja Sayajirao University's Department of Botany has bagged a project to carry out 'Biodiversity assessment of Central Gujarat specifically Vadodara district' using geospatial and conventional approach with emphasis on conservation of important threatened taxa (plant species). The department has bagged the project worth Rs 47 lakh from the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

"This project is also a challenge for us as we will be using microwave data for assessment for the first time. Microwave data is based on radiations emitted by the object in focus. Role of GIS has become important in each and every field. Based on different algorithms, plant features like their water content levels among others, we will identify patches of threatened plants and their locations across the region," said Sandhya, head of the Vadodara chapter of the Indian Society of Geomatics.

Source: Times of India