Home News Sat images reveal decline of India’s natural wealth

Sat images reveal decline of India’s natural wealth

Kerala, India: Latest satellite images have shown that there is nearly a thirty percent reduction in the backwaters of Kerala over the past few years, revealed former ISRO chairman Dr. K Kasturirangan.
The shocking revelation was made by Dr. Kasturirangan and the members of planning commission during a 45-minute presentation at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. The research was titled monitoring the environment from space.
Addressing a colloquium for Advances in Science, Engineering and Technology (ASET) of the TIFR, Dr. Kasturirangan said that the reduction of the backwaters is being studied by Indian remote sensing satellites. 
“Through the data we can determine as to why this is happening,” he said, while adding that space technology was playing a major role in this.
His statement is important because Kerala derives much of its beauty from its backwaters which join the Arabian Sea. One can see boats plying on these backwaters, many of which are hired by tourists.
Besides the Kerala backwaters, he said that satellites have been studying the glaciers in the Himalayan region, revealing that in the past few years there has been a 20 percent loss of glaciers in the Bhagirathi basin of the Gangotri region. 
Source: Asian Scientist