TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION : SAFAR-INDIA
Development of "System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research"
01. Global Recognition: Project recognized by World Meteorological Organization (WMO), United Nations (UN) as its pilot project and provided the "Certificate of Excellence"
02. National Certification: ISO 9001:2008 -Standard Certification Council of India.
Providing location specific information on current and up to 3-days advance forecast for air quality and weather parameters along with current ultraviolet index (skin related) and emission scenario over the city area. Disseminating the information in an easy-to-understand format in terms of Air Quality Index (AQI) based health advisories for the benefit to society.
India is a developing country with rapidly growing economy. Providing clean air to its citizens without compromising the development is a big challenge. Challenge needs to be met. The delineation of appropriate, sound and practical action plan to protect Human health and vegetation from chemical weather demands a balanced proposition where mitigation measures should go hands in hand with developmental activities linked to economic growth of the country. In view of current scenario of air pollution problem and targeting the need of hour, an ambitious project SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research) under the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences has been conceived, developed and implemented by Dr. Beig, nominee as Project Director for 3 Metro cities namely, Delhi, Pune and Mumbai for the first time in the country for the benefit to the society and best of science. The developed project by the candidate is a step forward to fulfill the above national needs using state of the art Research and Development skill.
SAFAR –PRODCUTS for SOCIETY:
• AIR QUALITY: Color-coded AQ-Index* Color-coded AQ-Index based Current & forecast with health advisories.
• HARMFUL RADIATION: Severity of UV radiation (UVI) with associated skin advisories.
• WEATHER: Current & 1-3 days' advance forecast.
• EXTREME EVENTS: Alert for extreme pollution events.
• EMISSION SCENARIO: Accounting sources of air pollution -Identify hot spots.
Major Beneficiaries are Citizens of India and Researcher in the field of Short-Term Climate Change, Health Sector, Local Executive Agencies like corporations, Disaster Management Unit, Environment Department, Educational Institutes and policy makers.
SAFAR system can help the nation to reduce the cost of air quality related diseases. The annual coast involved in the treatment of patient including hospitalization and ICU management for COPD and asthma along with medication is huge. As per one case study of NCR-Delhi, national capital having population of 25 million the cost saving in 5 years would be 1157.1 Crores and around 98.2 lakh patients will get benefited by taking appropriate precautionary measures only.