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About- SMART 

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:-

  1. Familiarisation to MOSDAC
  2. Data analytics and advanced visualisation
  3. State-of-the-art computer facilities and research guidance
  4. 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.

Facilities Offered

  • 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.

Research Initiative

Research initiative of SMART offers three programmes to cater the needs of students, academics and researchers across the country namely:

        1. Research Initiation Programme (IP) : This programme is designed to initiate research aptitude among students, academics and researchers in the field of Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography. Post-graduate students of Meteorology, Oceanography and related fields, intending to do their final year/semester project, young researchers and academics may apply for this programme. They will be provided research guidance and support to carry out research for three to nine months.
        2. Advanced Research Programme (ARP): In this programme, researchers and academics attached with institutes and universities across the country will be supported in carrying out advanced research in their field using MOSDAC data for about three to nine months. They will be introduced to advanced satellite data retrieval techniques, calibration/validation methods and latest results on satellite data applications.
        3. Data Exploration Programme (DEP) : It is an inter-disciplinary data exploratory programme on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography. It is open for undergraduate students, academics and researchers of recognized universities and research institutions with innovative ideas to use satellite data in Meteorology, Oceanography, Data mining and Image processing. They will be provided research guidance, computational and data support to carry out research for three to nine months.

Under SMART, satellite data training programmes will be organised periodically to popularise MOSDAC data among students, academics and researchers. It is generally a short duration (three to five days) programme, planned about 2-3 times a year. About 15 participants will be admitted to this programme. Familiarization of MOSDAC data, hands-on sessions on data handling and pre- and post-satellite launch trainings will be part of this training initiative.

Calendar of SMART training programme will be announced well in advance.

Dr S P Vyas, Head SRTD
Satellite Meteorology And Oceanography Research & Training (SMART)
Scientific Research and Training Division (SRTD), RTCG/MISA
Space Applications Centre
Indian Space Research Organisation
Bopal Campus
Bopal, Ahmedabad - 380058
Phone: 079-26916223


Serial Number Name State Research Programme Work Duration Arrival Datesort ascending Reliving Date Qualifying Degree University Brief Synopsis
21 Debashis Paul Assam Research Initiation Programme Four Months Tue, 2016-12-13 Wed, 2017-04-12 M.Sc. Alagappa University, Karaikudi 201637.pdf
19 Bibin Johnson Kerala Advance Research programme One Month Thu, 2016-09-22 Sat, 2016-10-22 M.Tech. IIST, Trivandrum 201632.pdf
13 Swathy Sunder Kerala Advance Research programme One Month Thu, 2016-09-15 Fri, 2016-10-14 Ph.D. IIT Bombay 201619.pdf
17 Urmay Shah Gujarat Data Exploration programme Four Months Fri, 2016-08-26 Thu, 2016-12-15 M.Tech. Nirma University 201629.pdf
18 Tanul Mathur Gujarat Data Exploration programme Three Months Tue, 2016-08-09 Tue, 2016-11-08 B.Tech. SVNIT, Surat 201631.pdf
12 Dr G Kalpana Tamil Nadu Advance Research programme Three Months Tue, 2016-07-05 Tue, 2016-10-04 Post-Doc. Madras University, Chennai 201618.pdf
14 Mayank Mishra Uttar Pradesh Advance Research programme Nine Months Tue, 2016-07-05 Fri, 2017-03-31 M.Tech. IIT Kharagpur 201625.pdf
15 Rohit Shukla West Bengal Advance Research programme Nine Months Tue, 2016-07-05 Fri, 2017-03-31 M.Tech. IIT Kharagpur 201626.pdf
16 Vikash Sharma Bihar Advance Research programme Nine Months Tue, 2016-07-05 Fri, 2017-03-31 M.Tech. IIT Kharagpur 201627.pdf
2 PIYUSH PALLAV Bihar Data Exploration programme One Month Fri, 2016-07-01 Sat, 2016-07-30 M. Sc Central University of Jharkhand 201617.pdf