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India to step up research to understand impact of Arctic melt on monsoon | India News


India to step up research to understand impact of Arctic melt on monsoon | India News

NEW DELHI: Amid growing evidence of connection between the Arctic and the indian ocean, which modulates the monsoon, India has decided to deploy an ‘open sea mooring’ in the Arctic for long-term monitoring of upper ocean variables and marine meteorological parameters. The model will help to understand the impact of Melting Arctic Ice in the Indian summer monsoon.
This will add to what the country has been doing in collaboration with the US in launching the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISER) satellite mission, which aims to make global measurements of cause and consequences. of changes in the earth’s surface using advanced technologies. radar images.
The issue of India’s contributions to the Arctic Sustained Observing Network (SAON) was discussed on the opening day of the third Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting (ASM3) on Saturday. Iceland and Japan are jointly hosting the two-day ASM3.
“India will continue to play a positive role in deepening the shared understanding of the Arctic through observation, investigate, capacity development, as well as the promotion of sustainable development in the region through international cooperation ”, said the Minister of Earth Sciences and Health. Hard Vardhan.
Addressing the virtual meeting, he also proposed that India have the opportunity to host the next or future ASM. The first two meetings, ASM1 and ASM2, were held in the US in 2016 and Germany in 2018, respectively.
India has had a permanent Arctic research station called Himadri in Ny-Alesund, Norway’s Svalbard area since July 2008. The country has also deployed a moored multi-sensor observatory called IndARC at Kongsfjorden in the region since July 2014.
Warming and melting of the Arctic are global concerns, as they play a critical role in regulating the climate, sea levels, and maintaining biodiversity. As there is growing evidence of connection between the Arctic and the Indian Ocean, it is considered very important to improve the understanding of physical processes and quantify the impact of the melting of Arctic ice on the Indian summer monsoon.
Research in the Arctic region of India is coordinated, directed and promoted by the National Center for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) in Goa.


Times of India