Hyderabad: A state-of-the-art Oceansat-2
ground station was inaugurated today by Union Minister
Vilasrao Deshmukh at the Indian National Centre for Ocean
Information Services (Incois) here.
The Department of Space and Incois established the ground
station to receive and process data from Ocean Colour Monitor
on-board the Indian Remote Sensing Satellite Oceansat-2 in
The Oceansat-2 ground station, fitted with a 7.5 m
diameter antenna, could cover an area of 5,000 km diameter
circle, covering the Bay of Bengal on the east and the Arabian
sea on the west, a note issued by Incois on the occasion said.
The ground station consists of various sub-systems like
antenna and feed system, radio frequency and tracking, base
band, automation, modulation and de-modulation systems, direct
archival and quick-look browsing and Oceansat data production
Incois said, the 7.5 meter diameter antenna system at the
new ground station could also be used to receive data from
satellites launched by ISRO in the future study of oceans.
The chlorophyll data received from OCM at the ground
station would be integrated with Sea Surface Temperature from
NOAA satellites for providing the Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ)
The PFZ advisories generated by Incois using Oceansat-2
data advise fishermen on the optimal locations for fishing.
Incois said an estimated 65,000 users regularly access
the PFZ service, thereby benefiting by 60-70 per cent
reduction in search time for fish shoals and 2-3 times
increase in net profit.
"The recent study, carried out by National Council of
Applied Economic Research, on the socio-economic benefits of
PFZ advisory services and ocean state forecasts, has estimated
the net annual benefits to be in the range of Rs 34,000 to Rs
50,000 crore due to scientific identification of PFZs based on
satellite information," Incois said.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, ISRO
chairman K Radhakrishnan, Secretary in the Ministry of Earth
Sciences Shailesh Nayak, Incois director Satheesh Shenoi and
other officials were present on the occasion.