Sunderarajan Padmanabhan

Engage local communities to protect marine life: study
Study shows need for awareness, involvement of local stakeholders to protect marine life priyad posted 2 years 5 months ago

New Delhi, June 25 (India Science Wire): A new study by Wildlife Conservation Society-India has emphasised the need for awareness campaigns, involvement of local stakeholders in decision-making and empowerment of authorities to help promote protection of marine species. 

Gorgonians, one of the highly traded species, which is protected under WLPA (Photo : Vardhan Patankar)
Study throws new light on evolution of northern Indian Ocean
Samples from the Laxmi Basin uncover fascinatingly complex evolution of Indian Ocean priyad posted 2 years 6 months ago

New Delhi, May 28 (India Science Wire): An international team of scientists has unearthed ancient rock samples from the seabed near Laxmi Basin located on the western margin of the Indian continental plate.

Dr. Pandey in discussion with other members of the expedition. Image credit: India Science Wire
New sturdy rice variety developed
Scientists develop transgenic rice that can grow under high salinity and drought. arathi posted 3 years 1 month ago

A group of researchers from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) and University of Illinois have developed transgenic rice that promises to generate high yields even under conditions of high salinity, high temperature and drought.

Dr Ashwani Pareek and his team that developed the rice. (Photo: ISW)
New centre to help farmers become climate resilient
The centre will focus on real-time structured surveillance for insect-pests and diseases using GPS-tagging techniques. arathi posted 3 years 1 month ago

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has established a centre of excellence on climate change research for plant protection at the Hyderabad-based International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

The centre will provide advanced information and tools to increase farmer resilience to climate change. (Photo: IWP flickr photos)
New technology for disinfecting water
The technology, named Oneer, is based on the principle of anodic oxidation. arathi posted 3 years 1 month ago

Scientists at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s Lucknow-based Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR-IITR) have developed a technology for disinfecting water that promises to provide safe and clean drinking water at a cost of just two paise per litre

Water purification becomes easier with new technology. (Photo: IWP flickr photos)
More farmers to benefit from weather services
Government plans to expand weather services, agromet advisories to reach 40 million farmers from July. arathi posted 3 years 5 months ago

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is all set to increase the number of farmers getting agro-meteorological advisory to 40 million from the current level of 24 million by next month. 

Minister for Earth Sciences and Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan announced this today at a press conference to mark the completion of four years of the NDA government.

Better weather services to benefit farmers. (Pic courtesy: Rajarshi Mitra/Wikimedia Commons)
New weather prediction systems for better forecast
New systems will have a resolution of 12-km grid scale and will be based on a 20-point ensemble system that would generate a range of forecasts using slightly varying initial conditions. arathi posted 3 years 6 months ago

Weather forecasts from India Meteorological Department (IMD) are all set to undergo major improvement with the commissioning of two very high-resolution weather prediction systems. 

Two new systems to soon make weather forecasts more accurate. (Source: IWP Flickr photos)
IMD predicts a normal monsoon
The country had recorded a rainfall of 97 percent in 2016 and 98 percent last year during monsoon which runs from June to September. arathi posted 3 years 7 months ago

India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday forecast that the monsoon this year will be normal, with rainfall of 97 percent of the long period average (LPA) with an error of plus or minus five percent. 

A normal monsoon is good news for India's economy. (IWP Flickr photos)
Tourism increases black carbon in air
A study finds an increased concentration of black carbon in Gangotri region during tourist seasons. arathi posted 3 years 7 months ago

In a significant input for the growing debate on global climate change, a study by researchers at the Dehradun-based Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG) has found that there is a remarkable increase in the concentration of black carbon in the atmosphere near the pilgrim town of Gangotri in Uttarakhand during the two annual tourist seasons of April to June and during September and Octobe

Black Carbon Monitoring Station at Chirbasa near Gangotari. (Photo credit : Dr P.S. Negi, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun)
A step towards better air, water
Four new projects launched for real-time monitoring of air and water quality. arathi posted 3 years 10 months ago

Four new research and development projects for real-time monitoring of air and water quality were today launched jointly by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Corporate Research Council of Intel.

Real-time monitoring of air and water quality can reduce pollution. (Source: IWP Flickr photos, photo for representation only)