The Minister of Earth Sciences, Science & Technology, and Health & Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the web-based application “Digital Ocean www.do.incois.gov.in in a virtual meeting held in New Delhi today.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that Digital Ocean is a first of its kind digital platform for Ocean Data Management and its a big step towards Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. Dr Harsh Vardhan further stated, “In the days to come, the nation will be powerful which has the gold mine of data and the capacity to process and interpret it meaningfully.”
The Minister explained that the ocean is a storehouse of infinite knowledge and ‘Digital Ocean’ helps to share this knowledge about the ocean with a wide range of users including research institutions, operational agencies, strategic users, the academic community, maritime industry and policymakers. Dr harsh Vardhan lauded that Digital Ocean also provides free access to information to the general public and the common man.
Highlighting the benefits of Digital Ocean, the Minister said, “It will play a central role in the sustainable management of our oceans and expanding our ‘Blue Economy’ initiatives. Further, the Digital Ocean will be promoted as a platform for capacity building on Ocean Data Management for all Indian Ocean Rim countries.”
Dr Harsh Vardhan disclosed that today we are looking at a large number of possibilities for harnessing the wealth of the ocean like the Deep Ocean Mission, research on alternate sources of energy, its mineral wealth, source of food among others. Deep Ocean Mission will help to explore the power of the ocean which will be reflected through data. “The sharing of this data will become critical factors in achieving better outcomes for strengthening our economy. It will contribute to our vision of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat”, the Minister elaborated.
He appreciated INCOIS for having adopted and developed various State of the Art technologies, for timely dissemination of near-real-time ocean information and advisory services including potential fishing zone advisories, ocean state forecast, Tsunami early warning among others.
Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Dr M. Rajeevan said that Digital Ocean is the result of the need felt to organize data from various sources and to provide quality data management. Digital Ocean will help improve our understanding of working of oceans, he said.
Director INCOIS, Dr T. Srinivasa Kumar said that Digital Ocean is a new state of the art data platform and is the first such platform to provide ocean data related services at one place.
INCOIS has adopted and developed various state-of-the-art technologies and tools through sustained and focussed oceanographic research for the timely dissemination of ocean information and advisory Services that includes Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) advisories, Ocean State Forecast (OSF), High Wave Alerts, Tsunami early warnings, Storm Surge and Oil-Spill advisories, etc.