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NGRI experts aim to meet future water challenges

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Mar 23, 2018, 5:19 am IST
Updated Mar 23, 2018, 5:19 am IST
NGRI to help policymakers to take decision on water issues.
Children from various schools listen to speeches by the dignitaries during a seminar on World Water Day at YVS Murthy Auditorium inside AU Engineering College Campus in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. (Photo: DC)
 Children from various schools listen to speeches by the dignitaries during a seminar on World Water Day at YVS Murthy Auditorium inside AU Engineering College Campus in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. (Photo: DC)

Visakhapatnam: Water resources are exhausting day-by-day across the globe. Identifying the water problems, the experts of National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) have been developing a model for the policy makers to take right decisions in preserving the water bodies in the country. According to NGRI director Prof VM Tiwari, they are analysing the future water requirements based on the demand from the agriculture, industry and household population. They are on a mission to give a scientific solution to address the myriad water-related challenges.

Depletion, scarcity and contamination of water resources are the main challenges before the scientists of NGRI. Above all, the climatic vulnerability is another major problem. They are collecting the basic data to identify the solutions and to develop hydrological model. “We have already conducted a geophysical survey to know the aquifers using Geographic Information System (GIS). This has helped in constructing the check dams at the right place. Our hydrological models will find out each component of the water cycle to make projection of the groundwater,” Mr Tiwari said.

 

An aquifer is an underground layer of permeable rock which can transmit the groundwater. Aquifer mapping is the most important determinant of future water resources. CSIR-NGRI Hyderabad chief scientist Prof Shakeel Ahmed has been working on managing ground water in over-exploited areas. On the occasion of World Water Day, the NGRI-Association of Hydrologists of Indian (AHI) awards were distributed in Andhra University on Thursday. Mr Ahmed has received NGRI-AHI National Hydrology Lecture award, while NRSC ISRO Brahm Prakash professor Dr J.R. Sharma bagged Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Location: India, Andhra Pradesh




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