Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched Bhuvan, an Indian equivalent of Google Earth on August 12.‘Bhuvan’ means ‘Earth’ in Sanskrit. The launch of Bhuvan coincides with the 90th birth day of Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai, the great visionary of Indian space program. The beta version of Bhuvan was launched by Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Prithviraj Chavan in New Delhi at a function organized by Astronautical Society of India.
Some interesting features of Bhuvan are:
- A free web based geoportal with medium to high resolution Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellite imagery superimposed over entire India on 3D globe.
- Bhuvan Plug-in is needed to use the application and the same can be downloaded from the Bhuvan website.
- Following data is available on Bhuvan.
- Satellite imagery (LISS III , LISS IV along with metadata and Multi- temporal Data from OCM & AWiFS).
- Value added information (NADAMS – National Agricultural Drought Monitoring System), Output of flood studies for certain areas.
- Thematic information (Wastelands,Soils,watershed,water resources related maps).
- Base layers (administrative boundaries,transport layers,water bodies, etc).
- Census information.
- To download plug in, registration is necessary.
- Does not display data in real-time.
- In the current version, adding personalized data is not possible.
- Runs only on windows system and is optimized for IE 6 or higher.
View an interesting video clip: ISRO launches ‘Bhuvan’ desi version of Google Earth
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For more details, log on to Bhuvan.
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