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Rip currents

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: TH

 Context: The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are collaborating on a project to monitor rip currents more effectively to enhance beach safety.


About Rip Currents:

  • A rip current is a strong, narrow flow of water moving directly away from the shore, cutting through the lines of breaking waves.
  • They pose a significant risk to beachgoers who might inadvertently enter one and attempt to swim directly back to shore, a response that can lead to exhaustion and, in the worst cases, drowning.
  • It’s crucial to distinguish rip currents from rip tides, with the latter relating to tidal movements through narrow coastal features and not the shore-directed flow of rip currents.

The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) is an autonomous organization that provides ocean information services. It was established in 1999 as a division of the Earth System Science Organization (ESSO) in New Delhi.