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Need for acquiring scientific expertise to avert loss during cyclone urged


“Lack of such expertise left a trail of devastation after ‘Jal' cyclone”


K.V.S. Badrinath, Head of Atmospheric Science in National Remote Sensing Agency, Hyderabad, emphasised the need for acquiring scientific expertise to avert loss of lives and property and damage to infrastructure particularly during cyclones and tsunamis.

Lack of such technical expertise left a trail of devastation after the recent “Jal” cyclone, Dr. Badrinath said in a lecture on “remote sensing – data acquisition and applications” at a programme organised by the Department of Physics in Yogi Vemana University on Thursday.

Loss of lives and property could be checked or minimised by effectively predicting in a scientific manner the nature's vagaries such as cyclones and tsunami and forewarning about its course and the areas likely to be affected, he stated.

Weather changes

Remote sensing data could help comprehensively gauge the extent of natural resources, study the atmospheric conditions, weather changes and physical changes in the earth's strata, he asserted.

The atmosphere on earth was undergoing rapid changes due to the unbridled actions of the population and threatening their sustenance, he remarked.

Applications

Remote sensing applications would facilitate an all round assessment of the nature of land and whether it was agriculture-worthy. In case a stretch of land was unfit for cultivation, its alternative uses could be studied and suitable recommendations made, Dr. Badrinath said.

Research was in progress globally on developing artificial satellites to ensure safeguarding of the atmosphere and it was being accorded utmost priority in studies for scientific advancement in the world.

Scientific studies

He wanted wider research in the field and enriched scientific studies to further human development.

Yogi Vemana University Vice-Chancellor A. Ramachandra Reddy, who was chief guest, said physical and biological sciences were inter-linked and physical science was being utilised effectively in improving the blood circulation and proper functioning of the heart and other life-saving processes. The remote sensing data would particularly help developing nations like India, he said.

It would help increase greater productivity, curb environmental pollution and the atmosphere.

Forecasting of the atmospheric changes can ensure progress of mankind, he observed.

Yogi Vemana University Registrar C. Sivarami Reddy research activities could be strengthened by creating greater awareness among the teachers and students for achieving the desired results. Head of Department of Physics K. Krishna Reddy said Village Information Systems (VIS) would help enrich the knowledge of farmers and fulfil the social responsibilities. He described Village Information Systems as a scientific revolution in the remote areas. Associate Professor T. Ramprasad, Yogi Vemana University executive council member Sudarshan Raju, faculty members, researchers and students participated.

M.V. SUBRAMANYAM,

in Kadapa

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