Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) Network

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Recently, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology launched the state-of-art National Survey network of Continuously Operating Reference Stations" (CORS).

About Continuously Operating Reference Stations" (CORS) Network:

  • It is capable of precise Location based services, which are capable of providing centimetre level positioning services in real-time
  • These stations will be operated by the Survey of India.
  • The Survey of India has set up more than 1,000 CORS stations across India.
  • These stations are capable of providing Real Time Positioning Service through Real Time-Kinematic with an accuracy of + / - 3cm.
  • The CORS network is available 24 /7 throughout the year.


Significance of these stations

  • CORS based precision services will boost auto navigation and machine control-based solution in Agriculture, Mining, Construction, Transport and Civil Aviation sector.
  • This will open new domains of innovation and research and create a Geospatial based ecosystem in these sectors.
  • CORS data will also aid in various scientific studies like Upper Atmosphere and Space weather studies, Meteorology and weather forecast, Plate motion and Tectonic studies, Seismology and Hydrology etc.
  • Nationwide CORS based services will be available to business and pubic, which will not only ensure coherence in geospatial data generated by different stakeholders by providing them common reference, but will also increase their productivity.


Key points about Survey of India

  • It is the National Survey and Mapping Organization of the country under the Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology.
  • It is the oldest scientific department of India.
  • It was set up in 1767 and has evolved rich traditions over the years
  • It is assigned the role as the nation's Principal Mapping Agency, Survey of India bears a special responsibility to ensure that the country's domain is explored and mapped suitably.


Q1) What is Hydrology?

Hydrology is the scientific study of water. It encompasses a wide range of topics related to the distribution, movement, quality, and quantity of water on Earth, both above and below the surface.

Source: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh launches state-of-art latest National Survey Network; the nationwide "Continuously Operating Reference Stations" (CORS) Network will be operated by the Survey of India