New Delhi, January 14: In a major development, Union Cabinet has approved to the Memorandum of Understanding on scientific and technical cooperation between the National Centre of Meteorology of the United Arab Emirates and Ministry of Earth Sciences.
The agreement signed between the two nations will enable the sharing of knowledge, data, and operational products for meteorological, seismological, and oceanic services between both countries. The agreement will also facilitate the exchange of visits/experiences in terms of research scholars, scientists, and specialists.
The pact will pave the way for the deployment of meteorological observation networks on the mutual agreement over ocean waters, cooperation in the development of special capacities of tsunami models researches for their faster and more reliable forecasts propagating through the Oman Sea and the Arabian Sea which affect the coastal areas of India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The agreement also facilitates the exchange of technical and scientific information related to the common interest activities. Through this agreement, there will be an organisation of bilateral technical and scientific workshops/seminars/conferences as well as the training courses on the problems related to fields of cooperation and deployment of Meteorological observation networks on the mutual agreement signed over Ocean waters.
There will also be cooperation in the development of special capacities of the Tsunami Model researchers for more reliable and faster forecasts of Tsunamis that propagates through Arabian and Oman Sea. It severely affects the northeast part of the UAE and the coastal areas of India. Sharing the real-time seismic data and cooperation in early warnings of sand and dust storms are the other key elements of the MoU.
Collaborative participation within MoES (India) and NCM-UAE in terms of activities related to multi-hazard early warning systems and climate resilience can significantly contribute to economic growth in the region. The scientific activities being carried out by the respective Institutes in India and NCM-UAE were discussed during the UAE delegation visit at MoES on November 8, 2019, and found many common areas of research.