A team of scientists from NASA and ISRO who are working on the NISAR mission — a joint Indo-US mission for studying the hazards and global environmental change — will be coming together in Gujarat next week. The NISAR or the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite is being designed to use advanced radar imaging technology to observe and monitor ecosystem disturbances, ice-sheet collapses and natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and landslides.
On Monday, some of the NASA scientists will be visiting Gujarat Science City for a special outreach programme with students. “A team of seven scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and three others from ISRO will be visiting us. They will be largely be talking about the NISAR mission to about 200-odd science and engineering students,” said Narottam Sahoo, advisor and member secretary at Gujarat Council of Science and Technology (GUJCOST) which is organising the event along with Gujarat Science City.
The mission which is scheduled to be launched in 2020 will also address a range of applications relevant to India, including monitoring the country’s agricultural biomass, snow and glacier studies in the Himalayas, Indian coastal and near-shore ocean studies and disaster monitoring and assessment, official sources said. This team of scientists from NASA will also be participating in a workshop scheduled to be held at Ahmedabad-based Space Applications Center on November 19-20 for identification and involvement of state and national organisations, academic and research institutions that can effectively utilise the NISAR data. ENS