A satellite-based natural resources census is to be launched by Orissa Remote Sensing Application Centre (ORSAC) in the Indian state of Orissa soon. It is going to make things easier not only for census operation but also for urban as well as rural planning at large. This remote-sensing and GIS-based census, the first ever in the State, would be carried out over a period of two years in all the 314 blocks of Orissa. The ORSAC has already signed an MoU with the Department of Space for the purpose. ORSAC has also tied up with Indian Space Research Organisation to secure two-phase satellite imagery from IRS I-D and ResourceSat. Apart from land use, it would also carry out a forest survey. The census, which would take at least two years, will also conduct a two-phase survey of the crop during rabi and kharif seasons. Similarly, Pan Data, with 5.8 metre resolution, would enable the remote sensing centre give a closer look of some of the mapping. According to Tripathy, the outcome of this natural resources census would be linked to general census carried out by the Census of India.