Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched dedicated meteorological and oceanographic satellites viz., INSAT series, Kalpana-1, Megha-Tropiques, Oceansat-1 & 2, RISAT-1, SARAL and Scatsat. In future, ISRO has planned to launch GISAT and a few more satellites for meteorological and oceanographic studies. Data collected by these satellites are archived and disseminated through a data portal ‘Meteorological and Oceanographic Satellite Data Archival Centre’ (MOSDAC) designed and developed by Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad.
SMART is ISRO’s initiative to support students, academics and researchers across the country to pursue research in the field of meteorology and oceanography using satellite data archived at MOSDAC and other related datasets. SMART is managed by Scientific Research and Training Division (SRTD). Research, outreach and Traning Coordination Group (RTCG) of Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad
SMART provides the following support for students, academics and researchers:-
- Familiarisation to MOSDAC
- Data analytics and advanced visualisation
- State-of-the-art computer facilities and research guidance
- Free of cost access to data available in MOSDAC
Two outreach initiatives namely (i) Research Initiative and (ii) Training Initiative are planned as part of SMART to accomplish its objective.
- A dedicated research and training lab equipped with state-of-the-art workstations, display systems, MOSDAC data, storage facility, etc., are established in SAC as part of SMART.
- Students, academics and researchers attending the research and training programmes will be permitted to use the SAC canteen facility during their stay at SAC.