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Indian Arctic Base Himadri • Facts & Location

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Indian Arctic Research Base – Himadri Station in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway
Indian Arctic Research Base – Himadri Station in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway

Few facts about Himadri Station

  • Himadri is India’s first Arctic research station located at Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway.
  • Himadri is located at the International Arctic Research base, Ny-Ålesund.
  • Himadri station is operated by National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research.
  • Himadri station was inaugurated in 2008.

A look back into the past

  • Indian Arctic Programme, which started in August 2007 as a small contingent of five scientists, expanded big enough to become a full fledged research station in less than one year.
  • “Himadri”, the Indian Arctic Research Base is equipped with sate of the art facilities carries out round the year scientific research in contemporary fields of Arctic Science with special emphasis on climate change.
  • Himadri station is situated at 78.055′ N, 11.056′E, Ny-Alesund.
  • Himadri station is only 1200 kilometres from the North Pole and offers the ideal land-based entrance to the Arctic.
  • The whole Svalbard archipelago (where Himadri is located) is part of the high Arctic region with permafrost which means that the ground is frozen all year round.
  • The vegetation in the area varies from sparse ground cover to the meadows like vegetation of the bird sanctuaries.
  • Current areas of research in Ny-Alesund include marine science, aurora physics, biology, glaciology, geology, environmental science, geodetic studies, rocket probe studies, atmospheric physics, terrestrial studies, climate change monitoring.
  • The National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Earth Sciences manages Himadri. This premier polar institute based in Goa has been coordinating entire gamut of Antarctic research for the country.
  • With the opening of ‘Himadri’ India became the tenth country to establish its full-fledged research station at Ny-Alesund.

PS: Archipelago means ‘A group of islands’.

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