2. ANTARCTIC RESEARCH


The Indian Antarctic research programme initiated in 1981 with the dispatch of first expedition to Antarctica has now matured into a front ranking scientific endeavour , Eleven scientific expeditions have so far been launched. The infrastructure facilities created at the Indian permanent station Maitri since 1989-90, provide a rare opportunity to Indian scientists for studying some of nature's rarest and most subtle structures and processes from this vantage observatory . The scientific research work carried out during the year is essentially part of the long-term programmes which include study of solar processes, Antarctic ice-ocean atmosphere system and global change process, its lithospheric structure and rifting history, its eco-system and environmental physiology as well as research and development for special materials and support systems and environmental impact assessment.

2.1 Tenth Antarctic Expedition

2.2 Eleventh Indian Antarctic Expedition

2.3 Antarctic Study Centre