The National Physical Laboratory
(NPL), Delhi, has
acoustic sounder to
facility for measuring meteorological
data and forecast pollution
patterns. A series of
were carried out
from 1992 to 1994. Also termed 'sodar'
(sound and detection ranging),
the sounder has
been developed by H
NPL. Dutta states
the experiments were
carried out in
Antarctica as the
7th continent was
the perfect testing
localised interference is the
least, and signatures most
Also, any project that is successful in Antartica, is in itself a certification of fitness."
-With a defined map of atmospheric conditions at different times and seasons given by the soclar, the direction that pollutants might take, and the specific fall-out region in the eventuality of a disaster may be assessed.
The technology had been transferred to a Jabalpur-based company, Orbit Bio-tech Innovations Pvt Ltd, sometime in 1994, and the equipment is being made by the Delhi-based Envirotech Instruments Pvt Ltd. The possible users Include pollution control boards, those preparing environmental impact assessment reports, research institutes and nuclear thermal power instalations.
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