Tata Centre for Development at the University of Chicago has undertaken several research projects to portray how technology can be used to deal with India’s growing problems of pollution, labour productivity, education and other development-related issues.

In conversation with News18, Supratik Guha, professor at Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago, spoke about how real-time and dynamic monitoring of water pollution can help keep rivers clean.

“Effective river basin management and water policy formulation requires access to reliable and up-to-date data in easy-to-understand formats for timely decision making. We at Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) at University of Chicago and Tata Centre for Development envisioned the Water-to-Cloud (W2C) system for high-resolution spatial and temporal monitoring to gain insights that may be missed with the traditional grab sampling approach. These geo-tagged and time-stamped data can help identify pollution hotspots as well as provide data on violators and efficacy of government sanitation interventions,” he said.

The research project also talks about how people living in the areas concerned need to be made aware of the benefits of clean water.

Meanwhile, Michael Greenstone, Faculty Director at Tata Centre for Development, opined that data transparency and star-rating programme can go a long way in reducing pollution…..