Geospatial Energy Map of India: The think tank of India, Niti Aayog recently launched a comprehensive Geographic Information System (GIS)-based Geospatial Energy Map of India.
- This platform has been launched in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
- It has been launched with the aim of integrating energy data scattered across several organizations.
Key Points about the Geospatial Energy Map:
- The Geospatial Energy Map has been developed by NITI Aayog in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and with the support of the Energy Ministries of the Government of India (GoI).
- The Map provides a holistic picture of all energy resources of the country.
- It enables visualization of energy installations such as conventional power plants, petroleum refineries, oil and gas wells, coal fields and coal blocks, district-wise data on renewable energy power plants and renewable energy resource potential, etc through 27 thematic layers.
- This map will identify and locate all primary and secondary sources of energy and their transportation/transmission networks in the country.
Key Benefits of GIS-based Energy Map of India:
- The Geospatial Energy Map of India will use the latest advancements in web-GIS technology and open-source software to make it interactive and user-friendly.
- GIS mapping will provide a comprehensive view of energy production and distribution in a country which will be helpful in ensuring real-time and integrated planning of energy sector in India, considering its interdependence and large geographical distribution.
- As energy markets have immense potential to bring in efficiency gains so GIS-based mapping will be advantageous to all concerned stakeholders going forward.
- It will not only be used for planning and making investment decisions but it can also aid in disaster management using available energy assets.
How to access the GIS-based energy maps of India?
- The Geospatial Energy Maps of India can be accessed through this website- vedas.sac.gov.in/energymap/
Definition of Geographic Information System (GIS):
- A GIS is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface.
- It can not only show many different kinds of data on one map, such as streets, buildings, and vegetation but it also enables people to more easily see, analyze, and understand patterns and relationships.