ISRO chief seeks clarity on atmospheric changes

Special Correspondent

Says there are opposing views on their impact

Global models of climate change not suited to tropics

Says atmospheric science has to mature for accuracy

KANNUR: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman G. Madhavan Nair has stressed the need for a clear strategy for reading atmospheric changes as there are opposing views on their impact.

Inaugurating the Kannur University Department of Atmospheric Sciences on the university’s Mangattuparamba campus here on Sunday, Dr. Nair said there were opposing views on the adverse impact of global warming, snowmelt and vanishing glaciers.

Even today, people understand very little of atmospheric changes and vagaries of climate, he said adding that though there were global models of climate change available now, these models were not applicable to tropical regions which were not amenable to accurate predictions.

Stating that data provided by Indian satellites were one of the best available in the world, Dr. Nair said that Chandrayaan-1 was one of the very sophisticated spacecraft.

50,000 images of moon

All the instruments on board Chandrayan-1 were working accurately, he said adding that it was today orbiting the moon at 100 km altitude.

He said that the ISRO had collected large volume of data including 50,000 images of the moon.

The data were going to provide very valuable information to the scientific community the world over, he said.

The ISRO chief, who was honoured by the university at the function, said that a lander and rover were planned in the Chandrayan-2 mission by 2012.

He said that atmospheric science had to mature to be more scientific and accurate so that local people would be benefited.

University Vice-Chancellor P. Chandramohan presided over the function. Pro Vice-Chancellor K. Kunhikrishnan made the introductory remarks.

Registrar K.M. Abdur Rasheed; Syndicate member A.P. Kuttykrishnan; Senate member P. Jayarajan; and university union vice-chairman P. Deepak were among those present at the function.

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