ESSO - Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services

(An Autonomous Body under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India)


SIBER INDIA was initiated as major national programme by Dr. Wajih Naqvi at a workshop held at National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) Goa in April 13-14, 2009. This programme is sponsored by Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India and has got strong national participation. SIBER INDIA programme has been subdivided into two major groups: Open Ocean and Esturies and Coastal Ocean. Open Ocean cluster has 6 projects and Easturies and Coastal Ocean cluster has 8 projects.

Details of the Projects are as follows:

Open Ocean Projects


Project Leader(Institute/University)

Project Title

1Dr. S.W.A. Naqvi
National Institute of Oceanography, GOA,
Long-term monitoring of oceanographic, biogeochemical and ecological processes in the North Indian Ocean through establishment of open-ocean time series stations in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal
2.Dr. N. Ramaiah
National Institute of Oceanography, GOA
Elucidation of long-term changes in microbial communities in intensely denitrifying and oligotrophic environs through metagenomic analyses.
3.Dr. Sujitha Thomas
Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Mangalore
Flow of matter through trophic levels and biogeochemical cycles in marine and estuarine ecosystems
4.Dr. R. Rengarajan
Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad
Particulate organic carbon export flux from upper Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal using 234th as a tracer
5.Prof. R. Ramesh
Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad.
The role of anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) in nitrogen-loss from the Arabian Sea.
6.Dr. M.K. Sharada
C-MMACS, Bangalore
Modelling of marine biogeochemical cycles in the Indian Ocean

Esturies and Coastal Ocean Projects


Project Leader(Institute/University)

Project Title

1 Dr. SWA Naqvi
National Institute of Oceanography Dona Paula-Goa
Dynamics of selected biogenic elements in Indian estuaries - A case study of the Mandovi - Zuari estuarine system
2 Prof. C Annapurna
Department of Zoology, Andhra University, Visakhapatname
Assessing macro and meiobenthic diversity off Goa Coast with special emphasis on OMZ
3 Dr. Vishnu Murty Matta
Department of Marine Sciences, Goa University
Atmospheric deposition and its influence on nutrients in coastal waters of Goa- West coast of India
4 Dr. B.R. Manjunatha
Department of Marine Geology, Mangalore University
Assessing the Anthropogenic Impact on South-West Coast of India
5 Dr. A.A. Mohamed Hatha
School of Marine Sciences,Cochin University of Science and Technology,Cochin
Role of Heterotrophic Bacteria and Cyanobacteria in the Nitrogen Cycle in the Cochin estuary and coastal waters with Special Reference to Nitrification, Denitrification and Nitrogen Fixing capabilities
6 Dr. V.N. Sanjeevan
Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology, Kochi
Time-Series studies on the Biogeochemical aspects in the estuarine and coastal waters of Kochi, southwest coast of India
7 Dr. T. Balasubramanian
Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology, Annamalai University, Parangipettai, Tamilnadu
Hydro - Biological studies of Vellar - Coleroon estuarine system
8 Dr. S. K. Mukhopadhyay
Department of Marine Science,University of Calcutta
Biogeochemical dynamics of the Hooghly-Matla estuarine systems along the northeast coast of the Bay of Bengal, India.