In a bid to place in place an efficient mechanism to ship out well timed alerts on floods, the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir has joined an initiative of UK Space Agency for a collaborative challenge on ‘Impact-Based Flood Forecasting using Earth Observation (EO)-based Information’.
Terming the challenge as the following step of flood forecasting companies, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha stated, “Impact-based forecasts of flood risk will be useful for efficient and effective contingency planning as well as swift evaluation of severity for necessary response.”
Pointing out that worldwide collaboration provides particular worth in serving to analyse previous flood occasions and figuring out relationships between predicted floods and their influence, he stated the mechanism will predict impacts to folks, their homes, crops, livestock and transport routes, thereby mitigating most of the challenges folks face throughout flood occasions.
A current report has put India among the many 10 most disaster-prone nations on the earth and ranked flood as a climate-related hazard, posing the best threat to folks. India has quite a few flood forecasting techniques that present predictions of water ranges and flows however not their influence by way of lack of life, harm to buildings, important infrastructure and agriculture.
In J&Ok, there is no such thing as a efficient impact-based flood forecasting mechanism in place as such, an official assertion right here stated. It is an enormous initiative taken by the Lt Governor as it should assist to foretell fluvial flood dangers, by way of anticipated loss to life, accidents to folks, constructing collapse, infrastructure disruption and financial harm, it added. The framework might be able to being linked to any present or future flood move forecasting system and the UT administration is not going to must bear any bills for the challenge, it stated.
Under its National Space Innovation Programme (NSIP), the UK Space Agency helps collaborative tasks between organisations based mostly in Britain and their worldwide companions. The challenge for correct flood forecasting might be undertaken by HR Wallingford in collaboration with Oxford University, Sayers & Partners (SPL) and D-Orbit (UK), the assertion added.