Harsh Vardhan launches INCOIS ‘Digital Ocean’ platform for ocean resources data mgmt

New Delhi: The Minister of Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the web-based application ‘Digital Ocean’ developed by the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, during a virtual meeting held in New Delhi on Tuesday, 29th December. M. Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences; Vipin Chandra, Joint Secretary, MoES; T. Srinivasa Kumar, Director, INCOIS, and several senior functionaries from MoES and INCOIS attended the function, according to a press statement from the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

According to the MoES, Digital Ocean platform is a first-of-its-kind platform for ocean data management. It includes a set of applications developed to organise and present heterogeneous oceanographic data by adopting rapid advancements in geospatial technology. It facilitates an online interactive web-based environment for data integration, 3D and 4D (3D in space with time animation) data visualisation, data analysis to assess the evolution of oceanographic features, data fusion, and multi-format download of disparate data from multiple sources viz. in-situ, remote sensing and model data, all of which is rendered on a georeferenced 3D Ocean. The user management component of Digital Ocean allows authentication of users, their roles and privileges of access to different data sets, categorisation of data as per the data sharing guidelines, metadata management, mail management, usage statistics, system statistics, monitoring of observing platforms, and addition of new data streams, etc. Digital Ocean will serve as a one-stop-solution for all the data related needs of a wide range of users.

Addressing the event, Harsh Vardhan explained that Digital Ocean is a first-of-its-kind digital platform for Ocean Data Management. “Digital Ocean is a big step towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Digital India i.e. to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy,” Earth Sciences Minister Harsh Vardhan stated. He further added, “In the coming times, that nation will be powerful which has the gold mine of data and the capacity to process and interpret it meaningfully.”

The Minister explained that the ocean is a storehouse of infinite knowledge and Digital Ocean helps to share this knowledge about the ocean with a wide range of users including research institutions, operational agencies, strategic users, the academic community, maritime industry, and policymakers. Harsh Vardhan lauded Digital Ocean, stating that it also provides free access to information to the general public and the common man.

Highlighting the benefits of Digital Ocean, the Minister said, “It will play a central role in sustainable management of our oceans and expanding our ‘Blue Economy’ initiatives. Further, Digital Ocean will be promoted as a platform for capacity building on ocean data management for all Indian Ocean rim countries.”

Harsh Vardhan disclosed that today India was looking at a large number of possibilities for harnessing the wealth of the ocean like the Deep Ocean Mission, research on alternate sources of energy, its mineral wealth, source of food among others, saying the Deep Ocean Mission will help to explore the power of the ocean which will be reflected through data. “The sharing of this data will become a critical factor in achieving better outcomes for strengthening our economy. It will contribute to our vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” the Minister elaborated.

He expressed appreciation of INCOIS for having adopted and developed various state-of-the-art technologies, for timely dissemination of near-real-time ocean information and advisory services including potential fishing zone advisories, ocean state forecast, and tsunami early warning, among others.

Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, M. Rajeevan said that Digital Ocean is the result of the need felt to organise data from various sources and to provide quality data management. Digital Ocean will help improve our understanding of working of oceans, he said, as per the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

Director, INCOIS, T. Srinivasa Kumar said that Digital Ocean is a new state-of-the-art data platform and is the first such platform to provide ocean data related services at one place.

INCOIS has adopted and developed various leading technologies and tools through sustained and focused oceanographic research for the timely dissemination of ocean information and advisory services that includes Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) advisories, Ocean State Forecast (OSF), High Wave Alerts, Tsunami early warnings, Storm Surge, and Oil-Spill advisories, and others.


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