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UK-India strengthen collaboration on earth sciences

India: The Natural Environment Research Council of the UK (NERC) and the Earth System Science Organization, Ministry of Earth Sciences of India (ESSO-MoES) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate cooperation between the UK and Indian earth system science and environmental research communities.

The UK and India have shared interests and strengths in research on meteorology, climate variability and change, oceanography, hydrology, cryosphere, natural hazards and biodiversity. The new MoU will encourage collaboration in these areas by promoting information sharing and identification of new opportunities for collaborative activities such as networking, exchange of scientific and technical capability, and co-funding new research through joint calls. The MoU will be put to immediate effect.

S. Jaipal Reddy, Union Minister for Earth Sciences and Science & Technology hoped that the strong bond established between ESSO and NERC will be further strengthened by signing of the MoU. He said this kind of bilateral cooperative agreement will help us to improve the forecasting capability of various weather and climate related phenomena and natural hazards through sharing of knowledge, expertise and experience.

The UK delegation head Mr. Phil Newton said this MoU is a sign of our commitment to work strategically in addressing some of the biggest challenges facing us. I am delighted that we are now strengthening our relationship.

The MoU will deepen the NERC- MoES partnership, enabling the two countries to build strategically on current collaborations.

Source: PIB