ISRO is planning to build two new satellites especially for environmental monitoring even as it is stepping up efforts to use its assessment on agriculture conditions and weather to effectively help people on the ground in co-ordination with other government agencies.
"One (satellite) is mainly for studying aerosols and related things and another one for trace gases (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitric oxide and sulphur dioxide, among others)," Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman G Madhavan Nair told PTI.
He said the satellites are in line with what Union Ministry of Environment and Forests wants. Nair recently had a discussion with Union Minister of state Jairam Ramesh, who is now expected to submit a note to Prime Minister on the subject.
Nair said while Bangalore-headquartered ISRO would build these satellites, it would work with the Ministry to put together a competent team to analyse the data from the missions and study the climate change.
ISRO has done some "bits and pieces" of work on aerosols from observations from the ground and ship for specific time but now there is a need to consolidate and put them into operational mode.