India and France will lead a 10- nation global project to study the impact of melting of polar ice caps on climatic conditions of these countries. The ten member countries include the US, UK, Japan, Brazil, South Africa and Germany.

“Study of the polar caps climate is vital as it effects ocean temperature, which in turn has an impact on monsoons,” Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, told media persons on the sidelines of a function at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services.

India recently got the status of an observer in the eight-nation Artic Council, which will enable it to study the changes in climatic conditions in the polar regions, apart from providing the possibility of exploring the mineral-rich North Pole.

Nayak said India’s interest of the Artic region at the moment is confined to science. “Whatever happens there (the Artic) directly affects us.

We hope to get a better understanding of the impact of melting of ice on weather and monsoon conditions in the Indian sub-continent,” he said.

(This article was published on November 21, 2013)
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