The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu has complemented the INCOIS for providing Ocean Information and Advisory Services to Society, Industry, Government Agencies and Scientific Community through its research.
He was addressing the gathering of scientists and researchers at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) in Hyderabad, today.
The Vice President said that the Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) Advisories issued by INCOIS are helping fishing community living along the long Indian coastline in locating fishing zones.
The techniques and knowledge base developed at INCOIS is not only helping in improving the quality of the life of fishing community, but also resulting in huge national savings on diesel and valuable human effort, he said.
Stressing on the importance of an accurate weather forecast for ports and harbours, Indian Navy, Coast Guard and fishermen, the Vice President said that an effective technical mechanism plays crucial role in ensuring safety of establishments and the crew working on Indian coasts, especially during oil spills.
I am glad that the Indian Coast Guard, the agency responsible for the mitigation of oil spills occurring in the seas around us, is now using the oil spill trajectory predictions provided by INCOIS, he said.
The Vice President called for a constant dialogue between scientific community at INCOIS and government agencies like the Coast Guard, Maritime Police and seek their feedback to further improve your advisories and services.
The Vice President visited the state-of-the-art National Tsunami Warning Centre located at INCOIS, Hyderabad and said that he was impressed with the capabilities of the centre. He has suggested the scientists of the centre to work closely with all coastal states and their disaster management officials, to make the coastal communities tsunami-ready, he said.
He has also suggested INCOIS to integrate Multi-Hazard vulnerability maps and the 3D GIS maps with tsunami early warnings and storm surge predictions to advice authorities on time. Such practice will help in better management of the disaster and mitigate the suffering of the coastal population, he added.