ISRO centre Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) recently launched a dedicated web portal for the visualisation of satellite imagery & geospatial information around Haridwar for Kumbh-Mela Yaatris. Released on 16 March 2021, the GeoKumbh portal provides space-based observations and maps on natural resources and the environment around Haridwar, which is the site for Kumbh Mela 2021.
The auspicious days of the Kumbh Mela are 11 March, 12 April, 14 April and 27 April. The portal is basically a mobile application that has been developed for citizen services. GeoKumbh shows the near-real time information related to weather and air quality. This information is derived from scientific modes under research and development activities at ISRO.
Information provided by the ISRO GeoKumbh Portal for Kumbh Mela Yatris
The portal provides data on the following resources:
- Satellite data visualization: Visualization of satellite data both in 2D and 3D format obtained from various satellites such as Resourcesat, Cartosat-1, Cartosat-2, Cartosat-3, and Sentinel-2 among others are provided as information service.
- Information on land, water, and bio-resources has been provided.
- Experimental data and information on temperature, relative humidity, fog, rainfall, air quality index, NO2 and CO Status, and so on derived from satellite observations and models are provided on a daily basis.
- The data are taken from ISRO’s MOSDAC portal, ISRO’s Air Quality portal, and Sentinel-5P (satellite of European Space Agency, ESA) derived products.
Users can view the temporal changes by using the “Swiping” and “Layer Transparency” tools available in the “Data Viewer” section of the portal. Both the tools are accessible by using “Right-click” on the layer name in the “Map Layer” panel which is available on the right-hand side of the map window, says the website. Those who wish to know more about the initiative may visit the official website for further information.