Earth System Science Organization (ESSO), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is a knowledge enterprise in the Earth System Science for socio-economic benefits to the Nation. The Ministry of Earth Sciences was established in the year 2006 by bringing agencies of meteorology, ocean development and operational seismology activities under one umbrella. The sole purpose of the endeavour was to address holistically various aspects relating to earth system processes for improving forecast of the weather, climate and various natural hazards. The Ministry inter alia is responsible for development of technology towards the exploration and exploitation of marine resources in a sustainable way for the socio-economic benefits of the society. The mission of the Ministry is to provide services for weather, natural hazards, climate, ocean and coastal state, seismology, and exploring marine living and non-living resources and the Polar Regions.
The Ministry has now prepared a vision document for next 15 years (up to 2030) keeping in view the social goals set out globally in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 7-year Strategy Document as a part of the “National Development Agenda” and 3-Year Action Document aligned to the predictability of financial resources during the 14th Finance Commission Award Period. The Vision document will be released on 27th July, 2016 at the Foundation Day function at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
Over the past few years, the quality of weather, climate, ocean and seismological services have improved due to systematic efforts in augmenting atmospheric, coastal and ocean observations and survey, geophysical observations, polar research, developing adequate modelling strategy, conducting cutting edge research and investing in human resources development. There is a considerable scope for further accelerating these initiatives to enable the country to become a world leader in providing high quality services, and contribute to economic and societal benefits.