Hyderabad: Salghuna Nair from IIIT Hyderabad became the first Indian to attend DART workshop at Paul Sabatier University. DART is an acronym for Discrete Anisotropic Radiative Transfer and has been patented by the Paul Sabatier University and CNES.
Twenty-year-old Salghuna Nair from Trichy, Tamil Nadu, has been winning accolades at every international conference and workshop she’s attended in May, June and July 2018. She is the only Indian to have attended the workshop since its inception 13 years ago.
Salghuna’s research has mainly concentrated on social issues and their solutions. She is currently working on “Canopy spectral biochemical analysis of forest species using hyperspectral remote sensing - A study in Eastern Ghats, India” under Professor P. Rama Chandra Prasad.
While elaborating more on DART Salghuna Nair said, “From its official website, its application has been described as one that simulates measurements (images, waveforms) of passive and active (lidar) satellite and plane sensors, as well as the radiative budget, for urban and natural landscapes. It is very useful for the study and monitoring of land surfaces from remote sensing measurements. DART is used by more than one hundred Space Centres such as Nasa, CNES and others, as well as leading universities from Europe and the USA.”
During discussions over the course of the three-day workshop, Salghuna said that her research problem generated enough interest in the other participants. She was requested to present about her research and elucidate on her future plans of using DART in it. Every year they select and train 15 students all over the world. This year, with this rare honour, I am the only Indian to have attended the workshop since its inception 13 years ago.”...