EU team keen on collaborative research projects in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Apr 06: A seven-member European Union delegation headed by Tania Friedrichs has expressed its desire to offer collaborative research-based projects in the agri-horti development, Geohazards mapping, climate change studies, 3D modelling of archaeological sites using UAV applications and remote sensing technologies.

The delegates visited State Remote Sensing application Centre (SRSAC) here on Friday to hold talks on the issue, according to an official release.

Arunachal Pradesh shares common environmental challenges, the team, including from Norway, Italy, France, Belgium and Denmark said while stressing on knowledge transfer between research institutions across the member countries. They also spoke about generating new knowledge to enhance productivity services for sustainable resources using innovative technology to address societal challenges.

There are tremendous potentials for scientific-based research projects in this state, they said, adding such collaborative projects can be availedthrough the regular Horizon 2020 calls for collaborative research proposals under bilateral or multilateral funding.

The team enquired about formalities on sharing satellite data with the international research institution since the state falls under restricted areas as it shares boundaries with neighbouring countries.

Director Dr H Dutta earlier gave a detail presentation on SRSAC initiatives on use of space technology for development in the state. During interaction with EU team, joint director Tana Tage stressed on application of Drone technologies in 3D mapping, GIS-based web application for exploring solar energy potential for  building rooftop in urban areas, acreage estimation of agricultural land, geo hazard vulnerability areas mapping etc.

The EU team was impressed with SRSAC’s innovative research projects in multi-disciplinary remote sensing and GIS technologies fields. The team later visited exhibition stall when live demonstrations on different projects were presented by SRSAC scientists/engineers of in GIS Lab, the release added.

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