India, UK ink MoU on strengthening co-operation in Earth Sciences

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 01, 2013 10:00 hrs

India and UK on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their cooperation in Earth Sciences and environmental research by sharing information on meteorology, hydrology and climate variability.

The MoU between the Earth System Science Organisation of the Ministry of Earth Sciences and UK's Natural Environment Research Council was inked here in the presence of Science and Technology Minister S Jaipal Reddy.

Speaking on the occasion, Reddy expressed the hope that the strong bond established between ESSO and NERC will further strengthen by signing of the MoU.

He said this kind of bilateral cooperative agreement will help us to improve the forecasting capability of various weather and climate related phenomena and natural hazards through sharing of knowledge, expertise and experience.

The UK delegation head Phil Newton said this MoU is a sign of our commitment to work strategically in addressing some of the biggest challenges facing us. I am delighted that we are now strengthening our relationship.

It may be noted that the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is mandated to provide the nation with best possible services in forecasting the monsoons and other weather/climate parameters, ocean state, earthquakes, tsunamis and other phenomena related to earth systems through well integrated programmes.

The ministry also deals with science and technology for exploration and exploitation of ocean resources (living and non-living), and play nodal role for Antarctic/Arctic and Southern Ocean research. The Ministry mandate is to look after Atmospheric Sciences, Ocean Science and Technology, cryosphere and geosciences in an integrated manner.

The Earth System Science Organization (ESSO) was established in October 2007 to address holistically various aspects relating to earth processes for understanding the variability of earth system.

The overall vision of the ESSO is to excel in knowledge and technology enterprise for the earth system science realm towards socio-economic benefit of the Indian sub-continent and in the Indian Ocean region.

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is the UK's main agency for funding and managing research, training and knowledge exchange in the environmental sciences. NERC's work covers the full range of atmospheric, Earth, biological, terrestrial and aquatic science, from the deep oceans to the upper atmosphere and from the poles to the equator.

Over the last two years, NERC and ESSO-MoES have built a strong partnership to support collaboration between UK and Indian scientists to address environmental change. In 2012 the two establishments jointly funded five collaborative research projects for Changing Water Cycle programme. (ANI)

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