Himansh, India’s remote, high-altitude station opens in Himalayas

Posted on:11 Oct 2016 11:57:34
Himansh, India’s remote, high-altitude station opens in Himalayas
11 October 2016 Current Affairs: A high altitude glaciological research station in Himalaya called Himansh (meaning a slice of ice) began functioning above 13,500 ft (4000 m) in a remote region in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Researchers will use this station as a base for undertaking surveys that would digitize the glacier motion and snow cover variations with exceptional precision.

Himansh station will provide much needed fillip to the scientific research on Himalayan glaciers and its hydrological contribution. 

The research lab has been established by the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) in Spiti Valley, one of the most uninhabited parts of the country 

The station houses instruments to quantify glacier melting and its relation to changing climate. Some of the instruments available at this research facility include automatic weather stations, ground penetrating radars, geodetic GPS systems and other sophisticated facilities.

 It will also serve as the base for Terrestrial Laser Scanners (TLS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for undertaking surveys.

 

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