National Centre for Polar and Oceanic Research (NCPOR)

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Overview:

A recent study by the National Centre for Polar and Oceanic Research (NCPOR) revealed that the Antarctic sea ice (South Pole) reached its lowest level ever recorded in the summer of 2022.

About National Centre for Polar and Oceanic Research (NCPOR):

  • It is an autonomous research institute under the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) established in 1998.
  • NCPOR is tasked with planning and executing polar expeditions and scientific research in Antarctica, Arctic, Himalayas and Southern Ocean.
  • NCPOR is the nodal agency for planning, promoting, coordinating, and executing the entire gamut of polar and southern ocean scientific research in the country and the associated logistics activities.
  • It also undertakes research on some of the country’s strategically vital projects like mapping of Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), continental shelf margins and the Deep  Ocean Mission.
  • The Center maintains a Research Advisory Committee (RAC) to help guide and concentrate the research activities.
  • It is located in Vasco da Gama, Goa, and was formerly known as the National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR).

 


Q1) What is the Deep Ocean Mission?

The Government of India has launched its ambitious Deep Ocean Mission (DOM) through the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) with an intention to develop technologies to harness the living and non-living resources from the deep-oceans.

Source: Antarctica weather patterns changing, leading to record loss of ice: NCPOR study