The International conference on “Emerging Novelties and Vistas in Space Technologies & Applications (ENVISTA)" was held at Sathyabama University, Chennai, from February 25 - 27, 2016. This conference was in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
ENVISTA is a premier forum for the presentation of new advances in climate change, weather prediction, remote sensing applications in weather forecasting, and advances in space technology. The research resulted in the theoretical and experimental based Automatic Weather Station (AWS) located at SRM University.
The AWS was installed in SRM University in association with Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic research (IGCAR) Kalpakkam, Chennai in the year 2008. The focus of the conference was to establish an effective platform for technologists to share their ideas and to offer suggestions of sustainable development in the domains of space technology and further expand the depth and breadth of international information sharing.
Dr.Matthias Hagner, Department of Physics, University of Konstanz, Germany was the Guest of Honor. Umang Shah and Anant Mitra presented their research paper on "Micrometeorological Tower Observations and its Importance in Atmospheric Modeling and Space Technology". They worked under the guidance of J.S.Sudarsan, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering.
Out of the 125 research papers presented, the research paper “Micrometeorological Tower Observations and its Importance in Atmospheric Modeling and Space Technology”, was selected for the Best Research Paper Presentation Award at ENVISTA by Dr.Matthias Hagner.
The research paper deals with the assessment of turbulence parameters of the atmosphere in order to understand the heat momentum exchange and the pollutant dispersion. Continuous data was collected by a 16 m meteorological mast, with conventional sensors for wind, temperature and humidity from August 2010 to March 2015. This data played a vital role in weather monitoring, atmospheric modeling and also in-space vehicle launching. Upon presentation, the research paper was adjudged as possessing futuristic use as well as present day applicability by the Senior Scientists of ISRO and IISc, Bangalore.