STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Arctic Scientists From India Interact With President Mukherjee

Published: 15th October 2014 12:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th October 2014 12:14 AM   |  A+A-

By PTI

OSLO: President Pranab Mukherjee had a rare interaction through video-conference with Indian scientists working at the Himadri station, India's first Arctic research facility, located 1,200 kms from the North Pole.

The president spoke to the Indian scientists working in the remote polar region via video-conference last evening from the 'Fram Museum' here.

"Thank you sir. It's really cold here but it's an exciting place to work," an excited scientist told the president who is on a two-day state visit to Norway.

And he continued speaking "...President Sir, Arctic is the most important place to carry out research as any changes here have an impact on climatic conditions in India".

And now it was the turn of the president to ask him a question. "What is your assessment of Arctic change affecting India's monsoon. How do the changes in this region affect monsoon development in India?" asked the president.

"The changes in Arctic region do have its impact Sir on climate in India as the melting glaciers raise the sea level which results in changes in the atmosphere," the scientist said.

Flanked by other four team members, the scientist said "cradle changes of drought mainly emerges from Arctic region."

This prompted Mukherjee to ask reasons for this and how this could be prevented.

"We do a specific study and monitor glaciers. Our study is sent to Science Ministry back in Delhi where all the studies and analysis is done," the scientist said.

Mukherjee appreciated the efforts made by them and said, "I am happy that you conduct your research in such a risky and hostile climate that you are not accustomed to".

Himadri station is at Ny-Alesund in Norway, which is the northern-most permanent human settlement, 1,200 kms from the North Pole.

India is the 11th country to have established a full-fledged research station here. The others are the UK, Germany, France, Italy, China, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.

As many as 200 scientists from various Indian universities have carried out research at Himadri, or 'the abode of snow', since 2008. At any given time, there are five scientists working at the station with a stay for a maximum of 175 days from March to November.

At present there are 25 Indian projects being undertaken at Himadri which include research in microbiology and glaciology as India believes that the Arctic and the higher latitudes is where the drivers of climate are.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp