The mission of the AERB is to ensure the use of ionising radiation and nuclear energy in India does not cause undue risk to the health of people and the environment.

Remote Sensing and GIS Studies

AERB has set up a Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (RS-GIS) facility at Safety Research Institute, Kalpakkam with the objective of generation of digital database on nuclear installations for carrying out environmental impact assessment, creation of information system for emergency management and to promote safety research related to regulatory function. Development of baseline data to independently carry out environmental impact assessment in Nuclear Power Plant sites, validation of satellite derived sea surface temperatures, studies related to application of RS-GIS in atmospheric dispersion and tsunami inundation modelling, development of decision support systems for emergency management, etc. are some of the important research activities being carried out. Further, collaborative projects with premier academic institutions such as Anna University, Bharathidasan University are in progress.

Environmental Assessment of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant site using Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS

Environmental baseline data for 50 km radius around Kudankulam Nuclear Plant site (KKNPP), on Surface Water bodies, Lithology, Soil, drainage network, Road network, Digital elevation model (DEM), land use/ land cover and village map has been generated. These data can be employed to evaluate various environmental scenarios with regard to environmental assessment and emergency preparedness.


DEM showing various morphological features around KKNNP area

Mapping of Sea Surface Temperature Measurement (SST) around MAPS
Mapping of Sea Surface Temperature Measurement (SST) around KKNPP
Investigation of changes in beach morphology due to Tsunami Protection Wall
Environmental Assessment of combined outfall channel for the PFBR-MAPS on the marine environmentment
Nuclear Emergency Management Information System (NEMIS)
Generation of Database on Volcanoes in the vicinity of Indian Subcontinent

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