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NRSC to keep an eye on climate change

Nagpur, India: With an aim to keep an eye on the climate change, the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is considering launching some sophisticated satellites. Director of NRSC V K Dhadwal explained that ambitious projects like Megha-Tropiques would help analyse the rainfall pattern while the advanced INSAT-3D would be exclusively used for meteorological purposes.

Dhadwal informed that Saral (developed in association with French scientists) would be the first spaceborne altimeter to operate at K{-a} band. About SCATSAT, he said that it would be in use in 2014, would be entirely dedicated to climate monitoring.

“So many factors on which the minor and major shifts in climate pattern depend, like land under cultivation and forests snow cover, and river discharge can be observed with the help of satellites. These factors can not only help in assessment of the various climate changes but also help in analysing and reanalyzing the changes as there would be so much data collected over a long period of time,” he explained.

Source: TOI