Times of India | 4 days ago | 22-09-2022 | 11:49 pm
Panaji: India and Sweden are keen on enhancing their collaborations on various fronts, including joint efforts toward a circular economy and heading towards a blue economy. Sweden’s counsellor to India, Per-Arne Wikstrom, visited the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) to explore key areas where the two nations can collaborate.“Further discussions from both sides are needed to identify key areas for the Indo-Sweden collaboration in the polar regions,” NCPOR director, Thamban Meloth, said.Wikstrom is Sweden’s counsellor for innovation and science and the main purpose of her visit to NCPOR was to enhance the India-Sweden collaborative endeavours in the polar regionsNCPOR, which is under the Union ministry of earth sciences, conducts research in the Indian Ocean and Antarctic and Arctic regions. With over four decades of research and experience in Antarctica, Sweden is keen to work with NCPOR researchers. In 2019, Sweden and India signed an MoU on polar research. Progress is being made in identifying specific areas of scientific collaboration in polar research. One of the successful Indo-Swedish endeavours in polar research is MARA — the Movable Atmospheric Radar, said Meloth. MARA is a network of radars established near the Indian research base, Maitri, to study the atmospheric boundary layer processes over the Maitri station in eastern Antarctica. MARA data has been extensively used to validate the newly-launched European Space Agency satellite, Aeolus.NCPOR is executing the Indian polar programmes — Indian Antarctic Programme, Indian Arctic Programme, Indian Southern Ocean Programme — and has collaborated with research agencies of several friendly nations, including the US, France and Russia.