NIO to launch expedition to study climate change on Indian ocean
26 Nov 2015 12:32am IST
Expedition will have 20 countries and 40 ships participating; countries will collate and analyse data to study different climatic challenges and changesPANJIM: Almost 50 years after the first International Indian Ocean Expedition was conducted, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) is set to launch the second expedition to study the effects of climate change on the ocean over the last five decades. The Expedition, which will have 20 countries and 40 ships participating, will be flagged off by the Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsha Vardhan from Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) on December 4 as part of NIO’s golden jubilee year. The expedition will have scientists from different research organizations from across the world and will be conducted over the next five years. As per NIO, the second international Indian Ocean expedition is an initiative by UNESCO’s intergovernmental oceanographic commission. It will study various aspects of emerging and changing ocean behaviour where the countries will collate and analyse the marine science data to study different climatic challenges and changes. The mission is aimed at knowledge-building, sharing and capacity building. It will also raise global awareness about the importance of the Indian Ocean. “The first expedition conducted between 1961 and 65 was a broad-based study with the involvement of only 13 countries. But we are now looking at specific data and issues in collaboration with countries like Bangladesh and Myanmar,” NIO said. Countries like USA, Japan, Germany, France, Australia, South Africa and other regional countries will be participating in the expedition and the cost will be borne by individual countries. NIO, which is a CSIR laboratory, will host a special symposium between November 30 and December 4 wherein the blueprint for the upcoming IIOE will be decided.
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