[Assam] Digital Brahmaputra is IIT teachers dre "am (The Sentinel,22.09.2006)"
cmahanta at charter.net
Thu Sep 21 22:25:12 EDT 2006
I have a high degree of confidence with Dr.
Chandan Mahanta of IIT-G( can anyone do otherwise
with someone with a name like that :-)?). Even
though I do not know the rest of his colleagues,
I am sure they too are of similar caliber and
dedicated to Assam's welfare. I wish them well.
Chandan Mahanta ( the other one that is :-))
At 3:05 AM +0100 9/22/06, Buljit Buragohain wrote:
>Digital Brahmaputra is IIT teachers dream
>By a Staff Reporter
>GUWAHATI, Sept 21: In a path-breaking exercise
>in the country, five professors of Civil
>Engineering Department, IIT, Guwahati have come
>up with the project of developing a Hydrological
>Information Infrastructure (HII) for the
>Brahmaputra River System as a step towards their
>larger aim of creating a Digital Brahmaputra. An
>HII is the combination of hardware, software and
>policies which provide a unified framework for
>mapping the area from micro-watershed to basin
>level, quantitative assessment of water and
>quality in space and time through modelling and
>But why is this idea, and how will it help the
>common people? Up-to-date water hazards and
>meteorological information are critical at all
>levels of planning. As a timely, accurate and
>cost-effective source of centralized
>information, spatial and attribute database in
>digital domain can play an important role in
>The primary idea is to support decision making
>for different purposes. The activities to be
>undertaken will not remain confined within
>technical matters like data, technologies,
>standards and delivery mechanisms etc.
>Institutional matters relating to developmental
>responsibilities and policies will also be
>there. The infrastructure will have a major
>impact even in the day-to day livelihood of
>people of the north-eastern region with a range
>of direct and indirect benefits to individuals
>like farmers, fishermen and tourism
>professionals and others.
>Professors Nayanjyoti Pathak, Pranjan Goswami,
>Chandan Mahanta, U Dutta and B Choudhuri from
>the Civil Engineering Department have designed
>this project which has been planned to be
>initiated after ascertaining stakeholders needs
>in an inception workshop.
>Due to the nature of the project, it would
>require collaboration with a large number of
>organizations and agencies such as the NEC, the
>Brahmaputra Board, water resources departments
>of the north-eastern states etc, both in terms
>of data sharing and with respect to accruing the
>benefits of the output of the project.
>Various aspects of life in this region are
>linked with vast water resources. Paradoxically,
>there is a complete lack of dependable knowledge
>base for harnessing this resource in a
>sustainable manner. So, the major objective of
>the proposed project is to provide both spatial
>and attribute data and information service on
>key aspects (precipitation, flow, utilizable
>volume, current and future use, irrigation
>potential, environmental flow requirement and
>The large-scale digital river system currently
>provides database, real-time transmission and
>processing of information and support for
>scientific decision-making. The system is
>divided into five sub-systems for the work of
>taming the river including flood control
>command, water resource coordination, soil and
>water conservation supervision and control,
>office automation and a river website.
>Among other things, if the project turns into
>work, prediction and forecasting of mega-hazards
>and disaster avoidance with overall resource
>planning and development will be facilitated.
>Reduction of environmental resource
>vulnerability would also be possible.
>Implementation of plans and projects among
>agencies/institutions can be achieved since
>these will be based upon a uniform database. It
>will help develop sound spatial water quality
>monitoring and mitigation strategies and actions
>at local levels. Everything will become true if
>the Prototype Brahmaputra becomes a Digital one.
>Besides secondary data sources, selected key
>parameters, for which existing data is not
>available or scarce, will be generated through
>on-line field sensors and analysts in the
>It is also true that if the whole projects turns
>to a reality, then this can be extended to cover
>another main component of the
>Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna system i,.e. the Barak
>(called Meghna in Bangladesh) river in south.
>This may lead finally to the creation of
>digitised versions of all the major rivers of
>the country for their epitomized management
>towards maximum benefit to all stakeholders.
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