Asia at the Poles – Spotlight: India

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IndArc will allow scientists to collect data year-round. (Courtesy National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research)
IndArc will allow scientists to collect data year-round. (Courtesy National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research)

This story is part of an occasional Eye on the Arctic series looking at Arctic science and business from the Asia pacific region

When most people think ‘polar research’, India is not usually one of the first countries that comes to mind.

But in fact, the world’s changing Arctic has a direct impact on countries like India.

” There are more than 16 parameters that are responsible for controlling the monsoon phenomenon in India ,” says Rajan Sivaramakrishnan, the director of India’s National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research.

Rajan Sivaramakrishnan, the director of India's National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research. (Courtesy Rajan Sivaramakrishnan)
Rajan Sivaramakrishnan, the director of India’s National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research. (Courtesy Rajan Sivaramakrishnan)

“One of them happens to be what’s happening at the polar regions.”

“It’s not only that the countries of the Nordic regions should be worried about it. All of the countries have a stake in what is happening in the polar regions because directly or indirectly in effects their very existence.”

IndARC observatory deployed

Recently, Indian scientists launched the country’s first multi-sensored moored observatory in the Arctic.

Located in the Kongsfjorden, an inlet on the island of Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic, the device will allow scientists to collect data year round.

To find out more, Eye on the Arctic’s Eilís Quinn, spoke with Rajan Sivaramakrishnan, the director of India’s National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research:

Video of the mooring of IndARC from the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research:

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project.

Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the violent death of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on violence and trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

Twitter: @Arctic_EQ

Email: eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

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