Dr. Karl Banse

b. 1929 Koenigsberg, Germany. Naturalized U.S. citizen.

STUDIES and EXPERIENCE: Studies, Univ. Heidelberg,Kiel (Germany; Lund (Sweden), 1947-1955; Ph.D. (oceanography), Kiel, 1955. Post-doc (German Res. Found’n), Kiel, 1955-1958; Gov't of India Scholar, C.M.F.R.I., Ernakulam, 1958-1960. Asst. Prof. Oceanography, Univ. of Washington, 1960; Professor Emeritus, 1995.9-months sabbaticals each at Scripps Inst. Oceanogr., Univ. of California San Diego, and Skidaway Inst. Oceanogr., Georgia, USA. Several weeks each of research and instruction in Germany and Turkey (2 x), and 2-3 months each in India (3 x)at N.I.O., Goa, since 1985, and 7 shorter stays.

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS: Hydrography at lower latitudes; nutrients and plankton distribution/ production; polychaete taxonomy.

HONORS: Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Ocean and Fishery Science, Univ. of Washington, 1987. Fellow, Mar. Biol. Ass’n of India, 1989. Dr.honoris causa, Kiel, 1995. Lifetime Achievement Award, Am. Soc. Limnol. Oceanogr.(ASLO), 1998.


Dr. Arvind Singh

Arvind Singh completed M.Sc. in Physics from the Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, India in 2004. He obtained his Ph.D. in Oceanography from Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, India in 2011. Subsequently, he worked as a Nippon Foundation (NF) - Partnership for Observations of the Global Ocean (POGO) Scholar at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, Bermuda until May 2011. He later joined University of Gothenburg, Sweden as a postdoctoral fellow and worked there until 2012. Presently he is a postdoctoral fellow in GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany and trying to understand the impacts of ocean acidification on N2 fixation. His research interests lie in biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nitrogen in the ocean and atmosphere, stable isotopes in the marine environment and oceanographic time-series studies. He is a recipient of POGO-SCOR, Swedish Institute and Cluster of Excellence ‘The Future Ocean’ fellowships. He is a member of NF-POGO Alumni Network for Oceans (nano) and Integrated Marine Postdoc-Network (IMAP), Kiel.


Dr. Pawan Dewangan

He received the Bachelor of Science in Geology and Master of Science degree in Exploration Geophysics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India and PhD in Geophysics from Colorado School of Mines, USA. Pawan Dewangan is presently working as a scientist in National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, India. While a student at the IIT, he received the silver medal and the P.K. Bhattacharya Memorial Award. As a researcher, he received several awards like the Young associate of Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS), Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Young Scientist Award, CSIR Young Scientist Award, J. Clarence Karcher Award from Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), USA and Krishnan medal from Indian Geophysical Union (IGU). His current research interest is in genesis, occurrence, and distribution of gas hydrates along the continental margins of India.


Dr. Essam Yassin Mohammed

He is a senior researcher in Environmental Economics with IIED and former Head of Fisheries Promotion Unit at the Ministry of Fisheries of Eritrea. In addition to his academic and professional experience as Fisheries Scientist, he is an expert in economic valuation of the environment. In his capacity as Environmental Economist, he works on a wide range of topics from economic valuation of environmental goods and services to influencing policy processes to promote fair, inclusive and sustainable economies both at national and global levels. Essam also leads IIED's growing work programme on Economics of Marine and Coastal Fisheries [] which includes works on economic valuation of fisheries, impacts of climate change on fisheries and implications for food security, and the use of economic instruments for sustainable fisheries management. He is editor of the book “Economic Incentives for Marine and Coastal Conservation: Prospects, Challenges and Policy Implications. ” Essam is a member of the LDC Independent Expert Group on Post-2015 Development Agenda, and member of the Panel on Methodological Assessment of Scenarios and Modelling of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) of the United Nations.


Prof. Raleigh Hood

Horn Point Laboratory
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
P.O. Box 775
Cambridge MD. 21613
phone: 410 221-8434


B.S. cum laude, University of Washington, Oceanography, 1983
Ph.D. University of California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Oceanography, 1990


Dr. Raleigh Hood received a B.S. in Oceanography from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the USA. He subsequently did postdoctoral research at Oregon State University and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (University of Miami). He is currently a Professor of Oceanography at Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Dr. Hood began his research career as a biological oceanographer when he was an undergraduate at the University of Washington, studying harmful algae blooms in Puget Sound, Washington State. He has since conducted research in coastal and open ocean environments all over the world, including the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and both the east and west coasts of North America. Presently his research is focused primarily on using models to simulate and predict biogeochemical and ecological variability in marine environments.


Sharon L. Smith

Dr. Smith’s research interests focus on the ecology of zooplankton, Particularly copepods and euphausiids, in highly productive ecosystems and strongly physically forced oceanic environments such as upwelling areas, polar regions and coastal zones. She has participated in 42 national and international research expeditions and is author of 81 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, 28 technical reports, 49 abstracts and 17 other publications including book chapters. She was guest editor of five special issues of Deep Sea Research II and one special issue of Progress in Oceanography (all dealing with the carbon cycle and physical forcing of the Arabian Sea); she is associate editor of Deep Sea Research II; and co-editor of the textbook Oceans and Human Health: Risks and Remedies from the Sea (Elsevier, 2008) and the American Geophysical Union book Indian Ocean Biogeochemical Processes and Ecological Variability (2009). Recently, she co-authored two books (Sultan Qaboos University Press): Calanoid Copepods of the Arabian Sea (2012) and Halocyprid Ostracods of the Arabian Sea (2012). Dr. Smith earned her B.A. from Colorado College, her M.Sc. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and her Ph.D. from Duke University. She is the recipient of two honorary doctorates (Colorado College and Long Island University); Fellow of the American Geophysical Union; Godmother of the Celebrity ship Solstice; Benezet Awardee (life-time achievement) Colorado College; Rachel Carson Awardee (American Geophysical Union); Provost’s Award for Scholarly Productivity (University of Miami); Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Smith has been Assistant Dean of the UM Undergraduate Program in Marine and Atmospheric Science;v twice chair of the Division of Marine Biology and Fisheries at the Rosenstiel School of UM; and is presently Director of the UM Center for Oceans and Human Health. She has been the Chair of the Oceanographic and Atmospheric Division at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Long Island, New York) and a Program Manager at the National Science Foundation (biological oceanography).


Dr. Margareth Kyewalyanga

I, Margareth Serapio Kyewalyanga, am a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam. I did my post-graduate studies, both MSc. and Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and graduate in 1991 and 1997, respectively. I have an extensive sea-going and research experience; my research interests include Phytoplankton ecology and primary production of the marine environment as well as monitoring of Harmful micro-algae in coastal waters. Furthermore, I am also interested in seaweed farming and integrated coastal zone management. Apart from research I do teach MSc courses and supervise both MSc and PhD students, in addition to doing some consultancy work in the related fields.

I have held some senior management positions at the University of Dar es Salaam including the Director of the Institute from 2009 to 2012 and before that from 2007 to 2009, the Head of Department of Marine Biology and Resources Management (MBRM). Currently, from July 2015, I am again heading the MBRM Section. I also have served regional and international networks including the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA); the Nippon-Foundation / Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (NF/POGO) network, among others. In 2009, I was elected into the WIOMSA Board of Trustees and following that my fellow Board members appointed me as the Treasurer of the Association. In 2013, I was again re-elected as a WIOMSA Board Member, representing the host country – Tanzania, and I am still the Treasurer.


Dr. Hiroshi Kitazato


Director, Project Team for Analyses of Changes in East Japan Marine Ecosystems, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)


B.S., 1971, Geology, Tohoku University; M.Sc., 1973, Geology and Paleontology, Tohoku University; D.Sc., March 1976, Geology and Paleontology, Tohoku University

Professional Experience:

Postdoctoral Researcher, Geological Institute, University of Tokyo (1976~1978); Research Associate, Lecturer, Associate Professor, and Professor at School of Science, Shizuoka University (1978~2002); Program Director, Research Director, and Director at JAMSTEC (2002~ )

Societal Experience:

President of the Palaeontological Society of Japan (2005~2007); Council Member and Member of the Science Council of Japan (2004~ ); Vice President of the International Paleontological Association (2010~ ), Chair of the Japanese Committee for IUGS (2009~ ); Representative of the Union of Societies of the Natural Histories (2012~ )

Research Interests:

Deep-Sea Biology, Marine Biogeosciences, and Marine Micropaleontology (foraminifera); Publish more than 270 research papers and books; Leads more than 10 research projects and 15 cruises including Arabian Sea OMZ dive cruise with Shinkai 6500 at Indian Margin (2008)

Recent Relevant Honors and Activities:

Asahi Scholarship for the distinct Science Activities from the Asahi Shinbun News, CoLtd. (1983); PSJ Academic Award from the Palaeontological Society of Japan (1991);

PSJ Award (Yokoyama Medal) from the Palaeontological Society of Japan (2009)


Prof. Sulochana Gadgil

Prof. Sulochana Gadgil obtained her BSc (1963) and MSc (1965) in Mathematics from the University of Poona, Pune. She did her PhD (1970) in Applied Mathematics from Harvard and has been a post-doctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1970-71), and CSIR Pool Officer at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune (1971-73). She worked at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore (1973-2006) and played a key role in the establishment of the Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (1983). She is currently an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences of IISc and Visiting Professor in Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune.

Prof. Sulochana Gadgil has contributed significantly to the understanding of monsoon dynamics, tropical convection, coupling of the tropical atmosphere to the oceans and agricultural strategies for a variable climate. Her research contributions include the discovery of northward propagations of the equatorial cloud band, which maintain the rain belt over the monsoon zone, and of a threshold of 28 degree Celcius for sea surface temperature above which there is a high propensity of organized cloud systems over the tropical oceans. Her recent studies have demonstrated an important link of the droughts and excess rainfall seasons of the Indian monsoon with the equatorial Indian Ocean Oscillation. Her studies have shown that while the adverse impact of droughts has remained unchanged over the last five decades, the beneficial impact of good monsoon has decreased substantially in the last two decades. She has developed a theoretical framework for using information/prediction of climate variability to identify farming strategies for maximizing the long-term average returns. Gadgil has published more than 80 research papers and edited two books.

Prof. Sulochana Gadgil spearheaded the efforts to formulate the Indian Climate Research Programme (ICRP), with its component Bay of Bengal Monsoon Experiment (BOBMEX), the Arabian Seas Monsoon Experiment (ARMEX) and the Continental Tropical Convergence Zone (CTCZ) Programme. She has served on the Council/Advisory Boards of almost all the meteorological institutions in the country. She has been a Member of the Scientific Committees of the World Climate Research Programme, IGBP and a member of the ICSU panel to review these programmes. She has served as Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Global Change System for Analysis Research and Training (START).

Prof. Sulochana Gadgil is a recipient of Vikram Sarabhai Award, Norman Borlaug Award and Astronautical Society Award. She was conferred on the Life Time Achievement Award by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (2008). She is a Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore and Indian Meteorological Society.


Prof. Bernt Zeitzschel

Dr. Bernt Zeitzschel, member of the SCOR International Symposium Planning Committee (ISPC). Born in 1937 in Berlin, Germany. Academic education at the Universities of Freiburg i.Br. and Kiel , Germany, in Biology and Chemistry. PhD 1964 in Biological Oceanography, Kiel University. Post doc 1964/65 Oceanographic Laboratory, Edinburg, UK. Research Biologist 1968 -1970 Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California, USA. Since 1971 member of the academic staff at the Institut fuer Meereskunde, Kiel University. Organization of the Symposium “The Biology of the Indian Ocean”, at Kiel University, 31 March to 6 April 1971 acting for professor Johannes Krey. Editor of the proceedings of the symposium 1973, Springer Press. Full professor in “Marine Planktology”, Kiel University 1977. First chairman of the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS) of SCOR and the International Geosphere - Biosphere Program (IGBP) 1989-1992. Course Director of the Training Course on Ocean Flux Monitoring in the Indian Ocean, Mombasa, Kenya 15-27 November 1993, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. Planning group leader of the JGOFS International Planning Committee for the Indian Ocean 1990-1995. This group had one of its meetings at NIO, Goa during its 25th anniversary in 1990 under the directorship of Dr. B.N.Desai. Guest scientist on RV CHARLES DARWIN, UK , 8 September -12 October 1986, Chief scientist on the German research vessel METEOR 19 March -18 June 1987 , as well as 14 July -18 August 1995 and on RV SONNE 12 June -12 July 1997. The goal of these investigations was to understand the influence of the NE and SW monsoons on the marine ecosystem, especially in the northern Indian Ocean. Professor Emeritus Kiel University in the year 2000.


Dr. Jenny Huggett

Jenny is a Marine Scientist at Oceans & Coasts, within the Department of Environmental Affairs, in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a marine zooplankton ecologist with nearly 30 years’ experience, having focused primarily on copepods. She did her doctoral research on the comparative ecology of two dominant copepod species, Calanoides carinatus and Calanus agulhensis, in the southern Benguela upwelling and Agulhas Bank shelf ecosystems, off southern Africa. Other research interests include exploring relationships between the environment, zooplankton and pelagic fish, and comparing zooplankton time-series in different ecosystems. She has been involved in a number of multidisciplinary studies in the South West Indian Ocean over the past 10 years, in particular exploring the role of mesoscale eddies in shaping zooplankton communities in the Mozambique Channel and off southern Madagascar. Jenny is also interested in the use of new technology and methodologies to assess biomass and production of zooplankton communities, to support the development of indicators useful for understanding and monitoring zooplankton response to climate variability.


Dr. S. Satheesh Chandra Shenoi
Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services,
Hyderabad, India

Dr. Shenoi has more than 32 years of research experience in Physical Oceanography. He worked at National Institute of Oceanography, Goa during 1983 to 2009 and contributed significantly to the understanding of physical oceanography of the waters around India. His work particularly stands out in the areas of study of processes internal to the ocean that influence the Sea Surface Temperature and hence the coupling between the ocean and atmosphere, development and validation of SST retrieval algorithms using satellite data, and the coastal currents around India.

Considering his contributions in understanding the physical oceanography of the waters around India he was elected as Fellow of (i) Indian Academy of Sciences (in 2007), (ii) National Academy of Sciences, India (in 2009), (iii) Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences (in 2014) and (iv) Telengana State Academy of Sciences (in 2015). In 2011, Indian Geophysical Union awarded him with Dr. H.N. Sidique Memorial Lecture Award.

He has authored/co-authored more than 75 research papers in national and international journals.

His professional Interests include Observational oceanography, ocean currents, impacts of ocean on monsoon and satellite oceanography.


Prof. Trevor Platt

Trevor Platt FRS has worked as an oceanographer for more that fifty years, first at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Canada and more recently at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory in the UK, where he is a Professorial Fellow. His research interests are broad, including the structure, function and thermodynamics of the pelagic ecosystem; the physiological ecology of phytoplankton; marine optics and visible spectrometry of the ocean (ocean colour); and ecological modelling. He has devoted considerable time to international science coordination and capacity building. He was awarded a Jawaharlal Nehru Science Fellowship by the Government of India, which he holds at the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute in Cochin.


Dr. Amit Tandon

Amit Tandon is a Professor at the College of Engineering and the School of Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth. Tandon obtained his B.Tech. at IIT Kanpur and MS/PhD at Cornell University in Mechanical Engineering. Tandon is a physical oceanographer whose research involves upper ocean dynamics, from mixing at microscales and Langmuir cells to frontal sub-mesoscale and mesoscale processes in the ocean, and their impact on air-sea interaction and the large scale ocean circulation. His current research involves investigating the role of these processes in global oceans, with particular emphasis on their impact on the air-sea fluxes in the Northern Indian ocean, on lateral mixing and primary productivity in the North Atlantic, on water mass formation and near-inertial dynamics in the Kuroshio and on sub-mesoscale fronts in the Brazil current.

Tandon is one of the principal scientists on the India-USA OMM-ASIRI collaboration (Ocean Mixing and Monsoons, and Air Sea Interactions in the Northern Indian Ocean-Regional Initiative). Tandon is a Fulbright specialist scholar awardee. He co-organized and taught a summer school at the Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru last year under this award, training graduates and post graduates in upper ocean dynamics. He is particularly interested in training the next generation of oceanographers in the newly emerging area of sub-mesoscale oceanography. Tandon also enjoys tabletop “weather in a tank" experiments in his teaching and outreach activities.

His research is funded by the US Office of Naval Research and the US National Science Foundation. For more information, see


Prof. John Field

John G. FIELD is Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He started his career as a PhD student of marine benthic ecology under John H. Day at UCT and in 1964 experienced a cruise on R/V Anton Bruun from Durban to Madagascar and Mocambique as part of the International Indian Ocean Expedition. Since then he held a post-doctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada and was appointed to the Faculty at UCT in 1974 and full professor in 1986. He initiated the multidisciplinary Benguela Ecology Programme. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Ray Lankester Investigator at the Marine Biological Association of the UK in Plymouth. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory. His particular interests lie in modelling marine ecosystems from physics to fish, in remote sensing, andin the ecosystem approach to fisheries management,with the interacting effects of climate change and fishing effort. He has served as President of SCOR, chair of JGOFS and of the Scientific Steering Committees of GOOS and of POGO, and vice-chair of the Steering Committee of GLOBEC. His honours include fellowship of the Royal Society of South Africa and founding membership of the Academy of Science of South Africa, the ASLO John Martin Award for the most influential paper in aquatic ecology in the previous decade with co-authors: Azam, Fenchel, Gray and Thingstad, and the Silvermedal of the IOC.


Prof. Peter Burkill

My training is in biological oceanographer although the last two jobs I had before retiring three years ago were largely managerial; I was responsible for all staff as Director at the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Sciences in Plymouth and at the George Deacon Division of Ocean Sciences in Southampton. Now in sem-iretirement I hold a post as Professor of Ocean Science at Plymouth University and as adjunct Visiting Scientist at the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa. I was elected President of Scientific Committee of Ocean Research in 2013. I serve as co-chair of the International Symposium Planning Committee for this conference. I see all my current roles and responsibilities to open doors for others and to introduce other scientists to be aware of possibilities in marine science. This is particularly true in the Indian Ocean, a region I have worked on over many years and still find truly fascinating.


Dr. R. Ramesh

Prof. R. Ramesh is the Director of the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India. His expertise includes coastal ecosystem biogeochemistry and coastal zone management. He is the current Chair of Future Earth Coasts [formerly known as Land Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ)], which is a core project of the International Geosphere Biosphere Program. Ramesh has been involved in several national and international expert committees on coastal management. He has successfully executed several flagship research studies which include assessing the status of shoreline change for the coast of India, offshore wind energy potentials, mapping the ecologically sensitive areas etc. He has over 110 refereed publications to his credit and has authored and edited books relating to coastal biogeochemistry and coastal vulnerability. Ramesh’s expertise has evolved from a pure science-based research focus to a science-policy interface for effective coastal zone management in India.

He has supervised about 85 Post Graduate studentsand 18 Doctoral students from India and various countries. Ramesh has received many awards/ honors/recognitionsfrom several national and internationalorganizations for the contribution of Advanced Research in coastal ecosystem biogeochemistry and coastal zone management Studies. He has contributed as visiting professor/ Scientist to the recent trends in the area of coastal environmental research at several other Universities/ research agencies around the world.


Dr. Andreas Schiller


  • Science and Deputy Director, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere (present)
  • Joined CSIRO in 1995 as Research Scientist
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Max-Planck-Institute of Meteorology, Hamburg (1994 – 1995)
  • PhD, Physical Oceanography, University of Kiel, Germany, 1993
  • Diploma (M.Sc.), Physical Oceanography, University of Kiel, Germany, 1988


ocean forecasting, global eddy-resolving modelling, data assimilation, ocean observing system design, seasonal-to-interannual prediction, downscaling of climate change scenarios in the ocean.


  • Co-Chair of “GODAE OceanView” International Science Team (2008 – present).
  • Officer and Chair of GOOS Regional Alliance in Indian (IOGOOS), 2010-present (elected Chair of IOGOOS in 2012).
  • Member SSC of Northwest Pacific Ocean Circulation and Climate Experiment (NPOCE) (2010 – present).
  • Member Scientific Steering Committee of the First World Weather Open Science Conference (17 – 23 August, 2014, Montreal, Canada) (2013-2014).
  • Member Scientific Committee WCRP/CLIVAR Second International Symposium on Boundary Current Dynamics, Lijiang, China, 8-9 July 2013.
  • Member ESA/CNES Scientific Committee “20 years of Progress in Radar Altimetry”, Venice, Italy, 24-29 September 2012.
  • Member Program and Organising Committee 10th International Conference on Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography, 23-27 April 2012, Nouméa, New Caledonia.
  • Member of International Scientific Advisory Committee “myOcean” project (Integration of all European Marine Core Services; 2009 – 2011).


  • Scientific publications (70+ articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including 4 book chapters and 1 book “Operational Oceanography in the 21st century, Eds.: A. Schiller and G. Brassington)
  • Editor of EGU journal “Ocean Science” (2009 – present)
  • Editor of “Journal of Operational Oceanography” (2007 – present)


Prof. B. N. Goswami

Prof. BhupendraNathGoswami, formerly the Director of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, is currently Pisharoty Chair Professor, MoES, at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune.. He joined IITM in June 2006 and since then, through his vision implemented on mission mode, he has steered the Institute to the pinnacles of success. In the field of scientific research, IITM has now become one of the World Centre of Excellence in Basic Research on the Ocean-Atmosphere Climate System required for improvement of Weather and Climate Forecasts.

Earlier, Prof. Goswamiafter completing his Ph.D. from the Physical Research Laboratory (the Gujarat University), Ahmedabad,spent two years the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A with Prof. JuleCharney. as a Post Doctoral Research Associate. Thereafter, he worked in NASA, GSFC Modelling and Simulation Branch, Greenbelt, MD-USA as Resident Research Associate of National Research Council, USA, MD-USA. After returning from NASA, Prof. Goswami joined the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi as Senior Scientist. He then joined the prestigious Indian Institute of Science, Centre for Atmospheric Science, Bangalore in 1985 as Assistant Professor where he worked till 2006 and grew to become Professor and Chairman of the Centre. He has also been invited as Visiting Professor to several prestigious institutions, such as the Princeton University, USA, University of Maryland, USA, Centre for Ocean Land Atmosphere Interactions (COLA), USA etc. A few important contributions of Prof. Goswami can be stated as , Read more....


Dr. Michael Roberts

Mike Roberts has a PhD in physical oceanography from the University of Cape Town. He has spent most of his career working for the South African Government (Oceans & Coasts Research) investigating the dynamic relationships between physical ocean processes and marine ecosystem functioning in the Southwestern Indian. In particular he has researched the physical mechanisms responsible for upwelling along the inshore boundary of the Agulhas Current, Mozambique Channel eddies, Madagascan eddiesand the East African Coastal Current.His research now expands to include the region south and east of Madagascar and the Mascarene Plateau.

He has been chief scientist on more than 30 cruises and Principal Investigator (PI) of over 36 research projects ranging from national science and government projects to large international projects including the ASCLME (Agulhas Somali Currents Large Marine Ecosystem), MESOBIO (In?uence of mesoscale dynamics on biological productivity at multiple trophic levels in the Mozambique Channel), SAMOC (South Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation) and the Agulhas System Climate Array (ASCA). Of the 32 national/international committees he previously/presently resides on - possibly the most relevantare now the IIOE2-SCOR Science Development Committee which drafted the IIOE2 Science Plan and Flagship project Western Indian Ocean Upwelling Research Initiative (WIOURI), the IIOE2-IOC Interim Planning Committee (Group of Experts), the International Symposium Planning Committee (ISPC) for IO50 symposium, and is co-chair of the Sustained Indian Ocean Biogeochemical Ecosystem Research (SIBER).

He leaves Oceans & Coasts Research in Cape Town to take up a joint United Kingdom - South African research chair between Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and University of Southampton on 1 January 2015 which will focus on the implementation of the IIOE2 Flagship WIOURI.


Dr. Shailesh Nayak

Dr. Shailesh Nayak is the Chair, Earth System Science Organization (ESSO) and Secretary to the Government of India for Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), since August 2008. He has been providing leadership for the programs related to science of climate change, weather services, polar science, geoscience, ocean science and modeling, ocean survey, resources, and technology. He chaired an expert group and conceptualized to establish National GIS in the country.

Dr. Nayak obtained Ph. D. degree in Geology from the M.S University of Baroda in 1980. He joined the Space Applications Centre, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in 1978 as a scientist, and subsequently elevated as the Director of Marine and Water Resources. He was mainly responsible for conceptualizing, formulating and executing many national level projects related to application of satellite data on ocean colour, integrated coastal zone management, snow and glacier studies and water resources. Read more....


Prof. Venu Ittekkot

Venugopalan Ittekkot is a Professor of Biogeochemistry. He was Director at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology at the University of Bremen (2000-2010) and the Institute of Biogeochemistry and Marine Chemistry at the University of Hamburg (1993-2000). His research focus has been coastal and oceanic fluxes and cycling of carbon and other nutrient elements under natural and perturbed conditions. Ittekkot has initiated and coordinatedseveral of Germany’s bilateral marine research and capacity-building programs with countries in South America, Southern Africa and South and Southeast Asia, and has participated in and led many oceanographic research expeditions. Ittekkot has been contributing to the work of national and international organizations and scientific committees related to ocean research. He currently chairs the SCOR Committee for Capacity-Building.


Dr. Fangli Qiao

Fangli Qiao, Chair Professor of physical oceanography, First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration of P. R. China. He has more than 230 publications in peer-reviewed journals and two published books. His research covers ocean mixing processes, ocean and climate model developments, and marine ecosystem dynamics etc. He discovered the non-breaking wave-induced vertical mixing which is crucial for reducing systematic simulation biases in the upper ocean for various ocean models, and highly reduced the tropical biases of cliamte models. Due to his excellence in research, he has received many academic awards including the Wooster Awards of PICES and Outstanding Scientist of IOC/WESTPAC in 2014, the New Century Talents National Candidate in 2007, and the Ninth China Youth Science and Technology Prize in 2006.


Dr. Nick Hardman-Mountford

Dr Nick Hardman-Mountford is Principle Scientist at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) where he leads the Perth-based Marine Biophysics Team. He also holds an adjunct Professorial Research Fellowship at the University of Western Australia. Nick gained his BSc (Hons.) in Marine Biology from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK (1995). This was followed by his MSc in Ecology (1996) and PhD in Satellite Oceanography from Warwick University UK (2000) on remote sensing of upwelling along the West African coast and implications for fisheries. His postdoctoral work as a Physical Oceanographer at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) extended this work into the Benguela and Agulhas systems, giving Nick a first foray into Indian Ocean waters. Following a period in environmental consultancy and research management at the Marine Biological Association of the UK, where he established and ran the UK’s Marine Environmental Change Network and restarted the century-long E1 time series program, he rejoined PML in 2003 as project scientist in the Centre for observation of Air-Sea Interactions and Fluxes (CASIX), a Centre of Excellence in Earth Observation. During this period Nick developed his research interest in ocean colour and ocean carbon cycling. He led research into the discrimination of phytoplankton community structure and carbon cycling from satellites and implemented a program of autonomous measurements of oceanic air-sea CO2 fluxes from UK research vessels. In 2008 he was appointed as Director of CASIX and then head of the ocean carbon program within the UK National Centre for Earth Observation. In 2012, Nick moved to Australia and the shores of the Indian Ocean where he is now involved in biogeochemical and ecological research, leading a joint Australia-India bioArgo collaboration, as well as heading-up environmental monitoring programs within Australian coastal waters. Since 2000, Nick has published >60 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, one book with Elsevier, >50 commissioned reports, conference proceedings and articles and has held membership of several professional organisations, steering committees and international working groups. He is currently Australian representative on the International Ocean Colour Coordination Group (IOCCG).


Mr. Eric Raes

Eric Raes has a master in Biology and a master in Ecological Marine Management. Currently he is finalising his PhD in Biological Oceanography at the University of Western Australia. The main focus of his research is to understand how the bio-availability of nitrogen, an essential element for all life forms, controls the magnitude of primary production in the south-eastern Indian Ocean. In his research he addresses how the physical and biogeochemical parameters along with the microbial community influence the bio-available nitrogen pool and consequently the fixation and sequestration of carbon. He also worked as a research scientist at the biotechnological algal research centre at Murdoch University where he worked on optimising the production of biodiesel using microalgae. His career objectives are to join a research group that has a strong multidisciplinary focus with an emphasis on marine biogeochemistry, marine ecology and microbiology.


Dr. Rajiv Nigam

Dr. Rajiv Nigam has received his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Geology from Lucknow University, Master of Philosophy, Doctor of philosophy and Doctor of Science degree in Geology from the Aligarh Muslim University and NORAD Diploma in marine Micropaleontology from Oslo University. Dr. Nigam has made significant contributions in the field of Marine Geology (Micropaleontology) using foraminifera as a tool to understand oceanographic processes and their role in environmental and paleo-environmental assessments.

His main findings are pollution monitoring through relative sensitivity of the benthic foraminifera; development of novel technique to decipher net sediment transport direction by comparisons of living and dead benthic foraminifera; postulating dimorphism as proxy for paleoclimatic reconstructions; development of model for the paleodepth determination in the Arabian Sea and sea level curve for the Holocene; morphogroups of benthic foraminifera as a new tool for paleomonsoonal reconstruction; discovery of 77 years cyclicity in average monsoonal rainfall which is modulated by Gleissberg solar cycle and application of Marine micropaleontology in the field of Marine Archaeology [e.g. settling controversy of dockyard at Lothal and explanation of Neolithic human settlements in Gulf of Cambay through knowledge of sea level fluctuations].  Read more....


Dr. B. N. Desai

Birth Date: 19/3/1934


  • B.Sc (Hons), M. S. University, Baroda, 1952.
  • M.Sc. M. S. University, Baroda, 1954.
  • Ph.D. University of Wales, 1959.

Work Experience: Scientist

  1. TARAPOREWALA Marine Biological Research Station Mumbai, 1959.
  2. Marine Biological Research Station 1962, Gujarat Fisheries Jamnagar, 1962.
  3. Scientist International Indian Ocean Directorate, 1965.
  4. Scientist IBP Cochin, 1966.
  5. Chief Scientist, Regional Centre of NIO, Mumbai.
  6. Director, Department of Ocean Development, New Delhi, 1980.
  7. Deputy Director, NIO, Goa.
  8. Director, NIO, Goa from 1985 to 1994.
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Dr. K. S. Krishna

Chief Scientist

Dr. K.S. Krishna is currently a Chief Scientist working at CSIR – National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India for the last 31 years on various geophysical aspects of the Indian Ocean. His areas of specialization are Marine Geophysics, Lithospheric Dynamics, Tectonics and Plate Tectonics. The research carried on i) Study of the deformation of the central Indian Ocean lithosphere for understanding the plate breakup process in time and space, ii) Analysis of the structure and volcanic accretion of the Ninetyeast Ridge for understanding the mantle plume interactions with the spreading centers and oceanic lithosphere, iii) Study of the rift initiations and evolution of the Eastern Continental Margin of India (ECMI), and iv) Investigation of sediment deposition patterns in the Bay of Bengal for determining the time of onset of Bengal Fan sediments. The studies have produced outstanding scientific outputs that are being extensively used for furthering our understandings by scientists and doctoral students. Besides he has been actively contributed to the preparation of important National Reports and Science Plans and for successful completion of Academia-Industry collaborative projects. He has guided number of students for their doctoral works and published papers more than 80 in National and International journals.

Currently he is also serving as Professor and Dean (Physical Sciences) for the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR). Dr. Krishna has been honored with several recognitions for his scientific research including the Fellowships from 3 Indian Science Academies, SS Bhatnagar Prize and JC Bose Fellowship.   Read more....


Dr. Nick D'Adamo

Head -UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission - Perth Programme Office

Dr Nick D’Adamo is the Head of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Perth Programme Office (PPO), with a principal responsibility out to 2020 being as the IOC IIOE-2 Coordinator at the Perth Node of the IIOE-2 Joint Project Office. The PPO was formed in 1998 under a tri-partite agreement between UNESCO/IOC, the Western Australian State Government and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. It is co-located with the Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Coordinating Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, which it helped bring to Perth under BoM sponsorship following the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004. Nick manages the coordination of a full range of UNESCO/IOC activities for the Australian and surrounding Indian Ocean, southern SEA and SW Pacific oceanic regions, while focusing on supporting the balanced regional development of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), with an emphasis on knowledge transfer for societal uptake, including through capacity development.

Nick has over 30 years of experience in marine scientific research, applications and management. He has Civil Engineering Bachelors and Oceanography Masters degrees from the University of Western Australia and a PhD in Oceanography from the University of Canterbury New Zealand, respectively. He has worked on physical processes in stratified and mixed inland, coastal and open water systems, with a focus on the relationships between physical and biological processes in ecosystem-based studies of both pristine and degraded environments, in Australia and Europe. His early career was as a consulting Civil Engineer followed at the WA Environmental Protection Authority as an applied marine scientist, including advice and impact evaluations for assessments of marine developments around Western Australia. He then spent 10 years working in the establishment of multiple-use MPAs and in the related design and coordination of multi-disciplinary marine research and monitoring protocols and programs in the Western Australian MPA program, spanning tropical, mixed and temperate ecosystems, as part of Australia’s National Representative System of MPAs. These roles focused on the links between ocean-atmosphere processes, and biodiversity conservation, ecologically sustainable utilization of marine natural resources and the characterization and modeling of bio-physical processes relevant to natural and human populations.

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Program Shedule

     Onsite Registrations are opened from 29-Nov-2015 (15:00Hrs to 18:00Hrs) at Venue: Cardium, NIO, Goa.     

Time 30th November, 2015
01st December, 2015
02nd December, 2015
03rd December, 2015
04th December, 2015
08:00 onwards


Plenary Sessions
Venue: Cardium

Opening Ceremony
Venue: Cardium
Chair: TBA
Keynote Speaker:TBA
Felicitation of former Directors of NIO
Venue: Cardium

5a. Monsoons and their consequences-1
Venue: Cardium
Chair: Wajih Naqvi
Vice-Chair: Jerry Wiggert
Keynote Speaker:
B.N. Goswami
Venue: Cardium

8a. Recent Results from Early-Career Scientists in Indian Ocean Research
Venue: Cardium
Chair: Eric Raes
Aninda Mazuumdar
Keynote Speaker:
Arvind Singh
Venue: Cardium

9a. Ecosystem dynamics from microbes to fish-1
Venue: Cardium
Margareth Kyewalyanga
Vice-chair: Jenny Huggett
Keynote Speaker:
Sharon Smith
Venue: Cardium

12. Future IO Research - IIOE-2
Venue: Cardium
Chair: Peter Burkill
Vice-chair: Nick D'Adamo
Keynote Speaker:
Essam Yassin Mohammed
Keynote Speaker:
Raleigh Hood
10:30-11:00 High Tea Tea Break Tea Break Tea Break Tea Break
11:00 - 12:30

Plenary Sessions
Introduction to symposium – Peter Burkill

1. Lessons from IIOE (1959-1965)
Venue: Cardium
Chair: Bernt Zeitzschel
Vice-chair: B.N. Desai
Keynote Speaker:
Karl Banse
5b. Monsoons and their consequences-2
Venue: Cardium
Chair: Venu Ittekkot
Vice-Chair: Hiroshi Kitazato

8b. Perspectives on Future Indian Ocean Research from Early Career Scientists
Venue: Cardium
Chair: Marie Alexandrine Sicre
Vice-chair: Steven Clemens
Keynote Speaker:
Pawan Dewangan
9b. Ecosystem dynamics from microbes to fish
Venue: Cardium
Chair: Nick Hardman-Mountford
Shubha Sathyendranath
13. Implementation of IIOE-2 Presentation of National Plans and Nansen Expedition
Venue: Cardium
Chair: Nick D'Adamo
Vice-chair: Ed Urban

Poster Session
Venue: Cardium
Poster Session
Venue: Cardium

Sponsor Presentations:
Teledyne (Pan India)
Venue : Seminar Hall
Poster Session
Venue: Cardium

Sponsor Presentations:
Teledyne (Pan India),
Deekay Marine Services
Venue : Seminar Hall
Poster Session
Venue: Cardium

Sponsor Presentations:
iXBlue, Sea-Bird
Venue: Seminar Hall
Poster Session
Venue: Cardium
13:15-14:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

Parallel Sessions

Tea Break:

2. Legacy of 50 years of research in the Indian Ocean since IIOE
Venue: Cardium
Chair: John Field

3. Anthropogenic Impacts in coastal environments
Venue: Cardium
Chair: R. Ramesh

4. Boundary current dynamics, upwelling and ecosystem impact
Venue: Seminar Hall
Chair: Michael Roberts
6. Monsoon variability and ecosystem response
Venue: Seminar Hall
Chair: Trevor Platt

7. Circulation, climate variability and change
Venue: Cardium
Chair: Fangli Qiao
Workshop for early-career scientists Moderators:
Ola Johannessen &
Anya Waite

followed by
Interactive Session with IIOE Veterans
Venue: Cardium

Meeting on Indian Ocean Dynamics
Venue: Auditorium, Department of Biotechnology, Block-E, Goa University.

Satheesh Shenoi,
Chair: Michael McPhaden, NOAA, USA

15. Geology and Geophysics of Indian Ocean
Venue: Cardium
Rajiv Nigam and
K. S. Krishna
Keynote Speaker:
Manik Talwani
Invited Talk:
Indra Bir Singh

Poster Session
Time: 17:00-17:30
Venue: Cardium

10. Extreme events and their impacts
Venue: Canteen Annex
Chair: Sulochana Gadgil

  11. Unique characteristics of the Indian Ocean
Venue: Cardium
Chair: Satheesh Shenoi

  14. Mixing to Monsoons: Many scales in the Bay of Bengal
Venue: Seminar Hall
Co-chairs: Amit Tandon and Debasis Sengupta
16. Formal IIOE-2 Launch & Symposium Finish
Venue: Cardium
Chair: Shailesh Nayak

Valedictory Function & RSC-UK Prizes Distribution

Keynote Speaker: Implementing IIOE-2 - Satheesh Shenoi

Tea Break & Departure to IIOE-2 Launch
18:00-18:30 IIOE Veterans Felicitation
Venue: Cardium
Poster Session
Venue: Cardium
Poster Session
Venue: Cardium
18:30-19:30 Public Lecture
Venue: Cardium
Public Lecture by
Dr. Saraswat
Former Defence Secretary
Chair: Craig Mclean
Venue: Cardium
Cultural Program
Venue: Cardium
20:00-21:00 Kongsberg Dinner at International Centre Goa Dinner at Cardium Dinner at Cardium Dinner at Cardium