Business Standards reports that IIT Kharagpur has recently set up a Center of Excellence for Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Land (CORAL) Sciences. The center would be working in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (USA). Prof. Tad Murty, a high profile Tsunami Researcher from Canada, is also involved in this project and is currently visiting Kharagpur.
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Development of a travel time atlas for ‘tsunami warning system’, mitigation of post-hazards effect would be some of the major activities of CORAL.
CORAL will also conduct a pilot project to study the impact of four major natural calamity that has taken place in the country.
“This analysis will allow CORAL scientists to develop a unified strategy for future hazard mitigation practices,” said a release by IIT-KGP.
In association with tsunami experts from Canada, oceanographers from USA, computer experts from different parts of the world, CORAL would also try to develop a regional weather and ocean forecasting system.
West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh (AP) and northeastern states would be of focus area of research for CORAL.
Image on the right courtesy of NOAA