Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) established Extreme Altitude Research Centre at Changla in Jammu and Kashmir at 17,600 ft above mean sea level
The centre is establised in the cold desert of Ladakh, where the temperature goes as low as -40 degrees Celsius during extreme winter months coupled with reduced atmospheric pressure and humidity besides high wind velocity and UV radiation.
It is recognized as the world’s highest terrestrial R&D centre as it is established at 75 km off Leh town towards Pangong lake.
Large number of life sciences activities including human physiological work, long term conservation of plant genetic resources, designing, testing, validation and demonstration of mobile and portable greenhouses, soil-less micro-farming technologies for fresh food in remote landlocked posts besides conservation and propagation of endangered extreme altitude medicinal plants are proposed to be undertaken at this centre.
Source: Defence News