India offers to help Asia Pacific region build disaster management system

Bangalore (PTI): India on Thursday offered to share its experience in establishing a disaster management support system with countries in the Asia Pacific region.

“This region has a number of islands, large coastal line, and fishing community needing timely information,” Secretary, Department of Space, G Madhavan Nair said in his address to the 14th session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) here.

“Low cost communication terminals for the fishermen community to provide information of impending events and rescue operations will go a long way,” he said.

Nair, also Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation, said the search and rescue method developed by India and the technology for data acquisition platform proven through the INSAT system can be of immense help in the area.

“The Indian satellite provides ‘earth observation’ once in 40 hours and soon it will be made on a daily basis”.

Noting that Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency had taken the initiative to implement “Sentinel Asia” programme aimed at utilising earth observation satellite data for disaster management support system in Asia Pacific region, Nair said India would be playing a very major role in providing appropriate inputs and near real time data in this regard.

He also said there was an urgent need for having a constellation of microwave imaging satellites which can see through the clouds as well as to have more number of earth observation systems for meeting the needs and monitoring parameters which were of paramount importance, especially in the context of global warming.


Author: EARSC

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