Earth Sciences for societal and economic benefits

M Rajeevan writes about the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences in Current Science:

“Established in 2006, the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India holistically addresses all the five components of the earth system, viz. atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, lithosphere and biosphere and their complex interactions to provide services for weather, climate, ocean, coasts, hydrology, seismology and natural hazards; to explore and exploit marine living and nonliving resources in a sustainable manner, and to explore the three polar regions (Arctic, Antarctic and the Himalaya).

Over the past decade, the quality of services provided by the Ministry has substantially improved due to systematic efforts to augment observations, develop adequate modelling strategy, conduct cutting-edge research and invest in human resource development. The services provided by the Ministry are being effectively used by different agencies, stakeholders and governments at all levels – state, district, city, for social and economic benefits, including saving of human lives and minimizing damages to life and property due to natural disasters.”

Read the full article in Current Science