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Oceanographers and Hydrographers’ conference review collaboration held in India

  • Second edition of the Oceanographers and Hydrographers Conference
  • Delegates from Bangladesh, Mauritius, Seychelles and Sri Lanka participate
Update : 01 Feb 2024, 10:05 AM

Some Indian Ocean countries including Bangladesh have reviewed their collaborative activities in the fields of oceanography and hydrography at a conference in India.

The second edition of the Oceanographers and Hydrographers Conference under the umbrella of the Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) began at the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai on Monday and ended in Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Delegates from Bangladesh, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka participated in the conference, apart from India.

During the conference, the participants reviewed the cooperation activities in the fields of Oceanography and Hydrography undertaken so far and chalked out a concrete plan of action for strengthening collaborative partners, according to a statement.

The participants discussed on the theme of “Our Ocean is Our Future” which emerged during the previous edition of the Oceanographers and Hydrographers Conference held in November 2022 at CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR) and National Institute of Hydrography (NIH) at Goa and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad.

“The CSC nations have made considerable progress since the First conference which includes maiden Joint Expeditions in the Indian Ocean Region, a maiden Antarctic expedition which is underway, and the ongoing dedicated training programs for CSC nations at CSIR-NIO.”

Dr G A Ramadass, Director NIOT showcased the ongoing projects in the fields of Energy & Desalination, Coastal Engineering, Deep Sea Technologies, Marine BioTechnology, Ocean Observation, and Ocean Acoustics.

Dr M V Ramana Murthy, Director of NCCR showcased various projects carried out in the fields of Coastal Vulnerability, Coastal Management, Marine Pollution, and Microplastics, among others.

The representatives from CSC countries presented their experiences and challenges in Oceanography and Hydrography.

They explored opportunities for collaboration in areas of Desalination, Sustainable Coastal Management, Ocean Observations, and Capacity building.

On the second day of the conference, the delegation visited the High Frequency (HF) radar site at Kalpakkam.

At the final leg, they visited the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, Hyderabad.

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