Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and UAE for Scientific and Technical Cooperation

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Scientific and Technical Cooperation between the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) India.

The MoU provides for the sharing of knowledge, data, and operational products for meteorological, seismological,l, and oceanic services, such as Radar, Satellite, Tide gauges, seismic and Meteorological stations.

1. Exchange of experience/visits in terms of scientists, research scholars,specialists, etc. for research, training, consultation, focused on climatic information services, satellite data utilization, for now, casting, and tropical cyclones forecasting.

2. Exchange of scientific and technical information related to common interest activities.

3. Organization of bilateral scientific and technical seminars/ workshops/ conferences and training courses on problems related to the fields of cooperation mentioned in the MoU and of interest to both countries.

4. Other fields of cooperation may be mutually agreed upon by the parties. Deployment of Meteorological observation networks on a mutual agreement over Ocean waters.

5. Cooperation in the development of special capacities of Tsunami models researches for faster and more reliable forecasts of Tsunamis propagating through the Oman Sea and the Arabian Sea which affect the coastal areas of India and North East of UAE.

6. Cooperation to support the Tsunami Early Warning Centre (TEWC) in the form of forecast modeling software, specifically designed to support the Tsunami forecasting operations.

7. Sharing the real-time seismic data of some of the Seismic stations situated in south and west of India and North of the UAE for monitoring the seismic activities which may generate a Tsunami in the Arabian Sea and Sea of Oman.

8. Cooperating in the field of Seismology which includes the study of Seismic activities having the potential to generate Tsunami waves in the Arabian Sea and Oman Sea.

9. Cooperation in Early warnings of Sand and Dust storms through the exchange of knowledge.

This collaborative participation within MoES (India) and NCM-UAE in terms of activities related to multi-hazard early warning systems and climate resilience can significantly contribute to economic growth in the region.

The scientific activities being carried out by the respective Institutes in India and NCM-UAE were discussed during the UAE delegation visit at MoES on 8th November 2019 and found many common areas of research. Both sides showed interest in the scientific and technical collaborations faster and more reliable forecasts of Tsunamis propagating through the Oman Sea and the Arabian Sea which affect the coastal areas of India and North East of UAE.