Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India celebrated its 23rd Foundation Day on 3rd February.
On this occasion, Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and Assistant Director-General of UNESCO delivered the prestigious ‘INCOIS Foundation Day Lecture’ on “United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (Ocean Decade)”. Dr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary, MoES and Chairman, INCOIS Governing Council presided over the events. Dr. Srinivasa Kumar, Director, INCOIS welcomed the dignitaries and the attendees and introduced the distinguished guests Dr. Rajeevan and Dr. Ryabinin in his opening remarks.
He also outlined the major achievements of INCOIS in the past one year which helped INCOIS to remain as one of the world leaders in the field of operational oceanography .
In the presidential address, Dr. M. Rajeevan congratulated INCOIS on its 23rd Foundation day and appreciated the services and research and development activities of INCOIS, which are benefiting millions of common people directly and indirectly. Dr. Rajeevan also suggested that INCOIS should strive constantly to improve the quality and out-reach of its services and spearhead the ocean modeling activities in the country.
In the foundation day lecture, Dr. Ryabinin outlined the scientific rationale for dedicating the a decade (2021-2030) for Oceans. He mentioned that as compared to other world oceans, the knowledge on the biodiversity of Indian Ocean is still scarce and hence should play a leadership role in understanding it better. He also stressed the need to improve the multi-hazard warning systems and tap the marine resources in the development of medicines. Dr. Ryabinin pointed out that in order to achieve the goals of ocean decade and benefit from the oceans, it is important to observe the oceans, including surveying its bathymetry and develop the capacity to understand it.
He also advocated for promoting the ‘ocean literacy’ among the society. In his lecture, Dr. Ryabinin explained how the concept of ocean decade was conceived and how it was planned to implement it. The Ocean Decade 2021 – 2030, is coordinated by the IOC of UNESCO with an aim to engage the ocean science community in achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals – globally, regionally and locally. It will provide a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to create a new foundation, across the science-policy interface, to strengthen the management of our oceans and coasts for the benefit of humanity. The aim of ocean decade is to have Clean, Healthy and Resilient, Productive, Predictive, Safe, Accessible, Inspiring and Engaging Oceans in the planet we dwell up on. The Ocean Decade will strengthen the international cooperation needed to develop the scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society.
The foundation day lecture was followed by a kick-off meeting of the “National Decade Coordination Committee (NDCC)” that has been recently constituted by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) to facilitate national contributions to the Ocean Decade, engage national stakeholders and enhance their access to Decade benefits. The Foundation day celebrations was preceded by an ‘Early Career Researchers’ Symposium on February 02, 2021. Director, INCOIS in his inaugural address outlined the academic activities of INCOIS and stressed the need for focused research by young scholars to use the scientific knowledge to socio-economic uplift of the countrymen.
Prof. Raghu Murtugudde (University of Maryland, USA) and Dr. Shubha Sathyendranath (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK) delivered plenary talks in the symposium on “Ocean’s role in monsoon variability, extremes, and trend” and “Building capacity and resilience against diseases transmitted via water under climate perturbations and extreme weather stress”. Nine Senior Research Fellows of INCOIS and INCOIS funded extramural projects presented research papers in the symposium. Dr. T. M. Balakrishnan Nair, Group Director, OSAR, INCOIS chaired the proceedings of the symposium.
Source: DD News