Amritsar, India: Space technologies will play an important role in natural resource management and environmental monitoring, stated Dr. Kasturirangan, Member, Planning Commission, Govt. of India. He said that earth observation data through remote sensing will help in increasing crop yield and reducing environmental degradation. Remote sensing data is helping in crop acreage and production estimation programme, wasteland mapping, evaluation of irrigation performance and environmental impact assessment agriculture.
Dr. Kasturirangan was delivering inaugural address at the Two day National Seminar on Management of Natural resources and Environment in India organised by Guru Arjan Dev Institute of Development Studies, being held in Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India. In addition, He released a book entitled Management of Natural Resources and Environment in India by the institute.
Dr Kasturirangan highlighted the role of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in periodic assessment of natural resources, water security and management monitoring and mitigation and promoting other community related applications of geospatial technologies and satellite communications. He informed that ISRO has proposed five national mission,- Green India, Sustainable Habitat; Water Mission; Sustainable Agriculture and Strategic knowledge.
These missions aim to provide useful data base for better understanding of the response and resilience of the ecosystem to climate change.