Question: Indigenous Doppler weather radar was inaugurated by Dr. Harsh Vardhan on 12th July 2017. From which of the following places this launching was done?
- On December 28th, 2017, Year End Review-2017 Ministry of Earth Sciencewas released.
- Some Major achievements of the ministry are as follows:
- On May 12th, 2017, an integrated early warning System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) was dedicated to the nation by Dr. HarshVardhan, Union Minister for Science& Technology and Earth Sciences in Ahmedabad.
- A Foundation Stone for the Marine Finfish Hatchery and Test Facility for Ballast Water Treatment Technologies was laid on April 8th, 2017 by Shri Y.S. Chowdary, Minister for State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, at Nellore sea front facility.
- For the first time, India Meteorological Department used the Monsoon Mission dynamical model to prepare operational seasonal forecast of 2017 monsoon rainfall over India.
- The Ministry has now launched the Monsoon Mission Phase II program, for next 3 years (2017-2020) with emphasis on predicting extremes and development of applications based on monsoon forecasts.
- On 11thJuly 2017 Stratosphere-Troposphere (ST) Radar Facility at the Advanced Centre for Atmospheric Radar Research at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) was dedicated to nation.
- On 12thJuly 2017, a state-of-the-art, indigenous Doppler weather radar was inaugurated by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, in Kochi.
- This Radar is capable of predicting with increased accuracy weather events such as cyclone occurring in 500-km radius from Kochi.
- The Ministry through its constituent unit, the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) has developed indigenized technologies for producing clean drinking water from the ocean.
- Currently there are three desalination plants operational at Kavaratti, Agatti and Minicoy islands, which are individually producing 1 lakh liters of drinking water per day.
- The plants are operated by the local islanders.
- NIOT is now installing another six more plants in Lakshadweep islands, each with a capacity to produce 1.5 lakh liters of water every day, with the help of Lakshadweep administration.
- Two plants will be commissioned by December 2018.