A team of scientists from the National Institute of Ocean Technology in Pallikaranai has won the prestigious National Geo Science Award from the Ministry of Mines under Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Disaster Management categories.

The team comprising scientists M.A. Atmanand, Director of NIOT, G.A. Ramadass, Project Director and S. Ramesh, A.N. Subramanian, D. Sathianarayanan, R. Ramesh, and G.Harikrishnan won the award for the successful development of a Remotely Operable Vehicle (ROV). They received the award at a function in New Delhi on Thursday.

M.V. Ramanamurthy, Project Director, and Tata Sudhakar won an award for their work on Tsunami Early Warning Systems, a press release from NIOT said. The ROV is a remotely controlled underwater vehicle that can move in the sea with the help of thrusters and hosts scientific payload like sonars, cameras, chemical and physical oceanographic sensors. It has applications in deep-sea mineral exploration such as poly-metallic manganese nodules, gas hydrates, cobalt crust and other deep-ocean scientific observations in the Indian waters. ROV along with its sub-systems was developed, integrated and tested in the laboratory, harbours and finally in deep between 2003 and 2010.

The Tsunami Warning Center at Indian National Center for Ocean Information System (INCOIS), Hyderabad, provides advisory services to India and Indian Ocean Rim countries.

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