Avalanche Monitoring Radar
• Context: The Indian Army and the Defence Geoinformatics and Research Establishment (DGRE) have jointly installed the Avalanche Monitoring Radar, the first of its kind in India, in north Sikkim
• An avalanche is a rapid flow of snow down a slope, such as a hill or a mountain. Avalanches can be set off spontaneously, by such factors as increased precipitation or snowpack weakening, or by external means such as humans, animals, and earthquakes.
∆ Benefits of Avalanche Monitoring Radar:
• Detection of avalanches (within 3 seconds of the trigger) and landslides.
• Assist in saving valuable life of troops and civilians as also vehicles in super high altitude areas.
• DGRE is the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s wing involved in forecasting and mitigating avalanche hazards faced by the Indian Army in the Himalayan region.