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EXPLAINED : O-SMART SCHEME

EXPLAINED : O-SMART SCHEME

Details about O-Smart Scheme

  • It aims to  step up ocean research and set up early warning weather systems.
  • It addresses ocean development activities such as services, technology, resources, observations and science and provides necessary scientific and technological background required for implementation of various aspects of Blue Economy.

Key Objectives of O-Smart Scheme

  • To generate and regularly update information on Marine Living Resources and their relationship with the physical environment in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ),
  • To periodically monitor levels of sea water pollutants for health assessment of coastal waters of India, to develop shoreline change maps for assessment of coastal erosion due to natural and anthropogenic activities,
  • To develop a wide range of state-of-the art ocean observation systems for acquisition of real-time data from the seas around India,
  • To generate and disseminate a suite of user-oriented ocean information, advisories, warnings, data and data products for the benefit of society,
  • To develop high resolution models for ocean forecast and reanalysis system.
  • To develop algorithms for validation of satellite data for coastal research and to monitor changes in the coastal research.
  • To develop technologies to tap the marine bio resources,
  • To develop technologies generating freshwater and energy from ocean,
  • To develop underwater vehicles and technologies,
  • To establish of Ballast water treatment facility,
  • To support operation and maintenance of 5 Research vessels for ocean survey/monitoring/technology demonstration programmes,
  • To establish of state of the art seafront facility to cater to the testing and sea trial activities of ocean technology,
  • To carry out exploration of Polymetallic Nodules (MPN) from water depth of 5500 m in site of 75000 sq.km allotted to India by United Nations in Central Indian Ocean Basin, to carry out investigations of gas hydrates,

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