Karunya to host NASA regional scientific meeting

Karunya University will host the International Regional Scientific Meeting of NASA Land Cover and Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Programme here from January 10 to 14.

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, E.J. James, Director of the Water Institute, and Dean, Karunya University, said the event was being organised jointly with various scientific and research organisations in India and abroad.

“The aim of the meeting is to provide an inter-agency and international forum to bring scientists together to discuss land-cover and land-use change and its impacts, with a regional focus on South Asia. The major themes include agriculture and water resources, biomass burning, urbanisation, land use in coastal zones and estuaries, and land use in mountains,” he said.

While the meeting would be held from January 10 to 13, the training would be held on January 14.

Nearly 80 scientists from different parts of the world are expected to participate and present their research works.

According to Registrar C. Joseph Kennedy, some important outcomes are expected out of the meeting. These include forging linkages of foreign universities and research organisations with Indian counterparts. Also, recommendations for change in land use and land cover would be submitted to the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, and the Government of Tamil Nadu. The meeting would also deliberate on future technology transfers from foreign universities to Indian counterparts.

Those interested in participating, can e-mail to brema@karunya.edu.

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