International SaGAAH III 2015

International Conference on SCIENCE & GEOPOLITICS OF ARCTIC AND ANTARCTIC

 

International Conference on SCIENCE & GEOPOLITICS OF ARCTIC – ANTARCTIC – HIMALAYA (29 to 30 SEPTEMBER, 2015) at India International Centre, New Delhi.

Dr. D P S Seth, Former Secretary, BSNL, Member TRAI
Dr. Rasik Ravindra, Panikkar Professor to ESSO, MoES
Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Punjab University, Chandigarh
Dr. M Sudhakar, Advisor, MoES and Director CMLRE
Ms. Sulagna Chattopadhyay, Editor and Co-Founder, Geography and You
Dr. P S Goel, Former Secretary, MoES
Dr. M. Ravichandran, Director, NCAOR
Dr Wakdikar, Advisor, MoES
Dr K J Ramesh, Advisor, MoES
Dr Swati Basu, Advisor, MoES

Programme

  • Welcome Address: Dr. Rasik Ravindra, Panikkar Professor to ESSO, MoES
  • Special Address Note: Dr. W Selvamurthy, Former Chief Controller R&D for Life Sciences (LS) and International Cooperation (IC), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and currently President, Amity Science, Technology and Innovation Foundation (ASTIF)
  • Guest of Honour Address: Dr. P S Goel, Former Secretary, MoES
  • Chief Guest Address: Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Former Secretary to the government of India, Ministry of Earth Sciences
  • Keynote Address: Dr. M N Rajeevan, Secretary to the government of India, Ministry of Earth Sciences
  • Vote of Thanks: Ms. Sulagna Chattopadhyay, President, LIGHTS, Research Foundation, Convener SaGAA III 2015
  • The Arctic Experience and the Third Pole: A Perspective from Iceland - H.E. Thórir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland
  • India’s Polar Challenge: Geopolitics and Challenging 21st Century Science Diplomacy - Dr. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Professor, Department of Political Science, Panjab University
  • Laws of the Seas and UNCLOS - Dr. M Sudhakar, Director, CMLRE
  • India and Annex VI to the Madrid Protocol: Some Preliminary Thoughts - Dr. Luther M Rangreji, Associate Professor, Faculty of Legal Studies (FLS), South Asian University.
  • Arctic: A Paradox and Antithesis - Dr. Uttam Sinha, Research Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA).
  • Thoughts on Priority Research in the Context of the Indian Antarctic Programme - Dr. P. C. Pandey, Professor Earth, Ocean & Climate Sciences, IIT Bhubneshwar
  • Abrupt Climate Shifts Over the Past 10,000+ years: An Arctic Antarctic-Asian imbroglio? - Dr S. Rajan, Fmr Director, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa
  • The IITM Earth System Model for Investigating Long-term Climate Variability and Change - Dr. R Krishnan Scientist G, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune
  • Remote Sensing of Glacier Changes at the Three Poles—how much ice are we losing and why? - Dr. Geir Moholdt Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, Norway
  • Short Term Climate Prediction of Polar Sea-Ice with a Coupled Model - Dr. A K Mitra, Scientist-F, NCMRWF, Noida
  • Effects of Global Climate Change on Polar Glaciers - Dr. Ashit Kumar Swain, Geologist, Geological survey of India
  • Himalayan Cryosphere and Climate Change - Dr. Anil V Kulkarni, Divecha Center for Climate Change, Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Combatting Climate Change in Himalaya Perspective- Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies - Dr M. R. Bhutyani, Director, DTRL, DRDO
  • Response of Glaciers to Climate Factors in the Himalayan during last 10000 years - Dr. Milap Sharma, CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Himalayan Cryosphere and its Role in Defining Indian Weather - Dr. A. P. Dimri, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Monitoring the Status of Snow and Glaciers of the Himalaya - Dr. Ajai, Group Director, MWRG, Space Application Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad
  • Changes in Climate and Snow Cover over Western Himalaya - Dr. Harendra Negi, Scientist-’E’, Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment, DRDO, Chandigarh
  • Himalayan Hydropower: Challenges, Uncertainties, and Threats to Sustainable Development - Dr. David E. Rheinheimer, Fulbright Nehru Postdoctoral Fellow, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
  • Shrinkage of Satopanth and Bhagirath Kharak Glaciers in the Recent Past - Dr. H. C. Nainwal, Professor and Head at Department of Geology, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand
  • New Zealand and Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica - H. E. Mr. Grahame Morton, New Zealand High Commissioner
  • Potential and Prospects of Krill Utilisation - Dr. C. N. Ravi Shankar, Director, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin
  • Fishery Resources of Antarctica - Conservation & Management. A Geopolitical Perspective - Dr. V. N. Sanjeevan, Former Director, The Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology (CMLRE), Cochin, Kerela
  • Distribution of Deep Sea Trawl Resources from the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of India and Prospects of Exploring Untapped Deep Sea Resources from Central, Southern Indian Ocean and Antarctica seas - Dr. U. Sreedhar, Principal Scientist, Central Institute of Fisheries (CIFT), Cochin
  • Cold Water Fisheries in Himalayan - Dr. Debajit Sarma, Principal Scientist (Fish & Fisheries Science), ICAR-Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research, Bhimtal, Nainital, Uttarakhand
  • Technologies for Exploration and Harvesting of Ocean Resources - Dr. G. A. Ramadass, Principal Scientist, NIOT, Chennai
  • Implications of Tourism in Pursuance of Annex vi - An Environmental Perspective - Dr. Anoop Tiwari, Scientist D, Department of Polar Environment, NCAOR
  • A Concept note: Heat Island Transformation and Tourism in the Three Pole - Prof. Manju Mohan, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi
  • Should India Encourage Tourism in Antarctica? - Dr. Rasik Ravindra, Pannikar Professor at ESSO, MoES
  • Anthropogenic activities and Environmental contamination in Antarctic regions - Ms. Tanu Jindal, Director, Amity Institute of Environmental Toxicology, Safety and Management, Amity Centre for Antarctic Research and Studies
Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India, New Delhi
National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), Goa
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune
The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Cochin
Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi
Amity University, Noida
Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), Cochin
Royal Norwegian Embassy in India, New Delhi
National Centre for Earth Science Studies (NCESS), Thiruvananthapuram
Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad
CN Technologies, New Delhi
Directorate of Cold Water Fisheries, Bhimtal
Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), Dehradun
National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai
Intech Infosys, Chandigarh
Geological Survey of India (GSI)
Norinco, Chennai
Society of Cryospheric Science, Chandigarh

International SaGAA 2012

International Conference on SCIENCE & GEOPOLITICS OF ARCTIC AND ANTARCTIC

(9 to 11 MARCH, 2012)

 

• The scientific and legal experts from all over the world presented their path-breaking research work.
• Created a network group of stakeholders that interacted on a single platform to enable greater unification of global research.

Chief Guest : Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Hon’ble Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences.

Dr. P. S. Goel, Chairman, RAC, Defence Research and Development Organisation, New Delhi
  • To conduct a bi/tri polar Conference.
  • To create interface between Geopolitics and Science.
  • To create a networked platform for scientists.
  • To work towards policy and the role of developing countries like India in Polar Regions.
  • To explore carrier opportunities and educational avenues for students.
Preconference Session: Curriculum Initiatives and Careers in Arctic and Antarctic Studies Panelists included:. Presided by :
  • Dr P.S. Goel, Chairman, RAC, Defence Research and Development Organisation, New Delhi
  • Prof. John Turner, British Antarctic Survey, UK
  • Dr. Timo Koivurova, Director, Northern Institute of Environment & Minority Law, University of Lapland, Finland
  • Dr. John P. Bowman, Associate Professor, University of Tasmania, Australia
  • Prof. Nalan Koc, Research Director, Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway.
  • Prof. John M. Reynolds, Managing Director, Reynolds International Limited, UK
  • Dr. S. Shivaji, Scientist, Centre for Cellular and molecular biology, Hyderabad
  • Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Professor of Political Science at Punjab University and Coordination, Centre for the Study of Geopolitics, Chandigarh and
  • Prof. A. K. Gwal, Barkatullah University , Bhopal
The conference included 8 technical sessions in which eminent scholars expressed their views on different topics, mainly focusing on the Polar Regions.
  • Geopolitics of Knowledge and Future of Antarctic Governance - Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Professor of Political Science at Punjab University and Coordinator, Centre for the Study of Geopolitics, Chandigarh
  • Politico - strategic developments in the Arctic Region - Dr. Vijay Sakhuja, Director, Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi
  • Arctic is warming – Can the Arctic Council counter the vast challenges ahead? - Dr. Timo Koivurova, Director, Northern Institute of Environment & Minority Law, University of Lapland, Finland
  • Applicability and efficacy of Indian environmental laws in managing high seas and Antarctic - Dr. Ajai Saxena, Addl. Pr. Chief Conservator of Forests, Dept of Environment & Forests, Andaman & Nicobar Administration, Port Blair.
  • Genomic, functionality and ecology of closely related true versus ‘part time’ Psychrophiles of Antarctic - Dr. John P. Bowman, Associate Professor, University of Tasmania, Australia.
  • Cold loving bacteria from Antarctic an Arctic: occurrences, survival and usefulness – Dr. S. Shivaji, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad.
  • Harnessing the biosphere to mitigate global climate change and sea level rise - . Victor Smetacek, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.
  • Importance of contextual information for harnessing microbial resources from Polar Regions - Dr. P.A. Loka Bharathi, Chief Scientist, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa.
  • Psychotropic metal tolerant bacteria from mobilization of metals - Dr. Maria Judith Gonsalves, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa.
  • Antarctic Krill Harvesting – Indian experience - Dr. B. Meenakumari, Principal Scientist, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin.
  • The effect of a temperature rise on the sulfate reducing rates in cold marine sediments of Kongsgforden (Svalbard, Arctic ocean - Dr. Savita Kerker, Goa University, Goa.
  • Post harvest technological aspects of Antarctic krills Euphausia Superba Dana - Dr. C.N. Ravishankar, Principal Scientist, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin.
  • Squid Jigging operations in the Southern Ocean - Dr. Pravin Puthra, Senior Scientist, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin.
  • First stable isotopic study of Southern Ocean Surface water and atmospheric water vapour - Prof. R. Ramesh, Project Director, Indian Space research Organisation, Ahmedabad.
  • Ocean iron fertilizations an updates based on LohaFEX Experiments - Dr. S.W.A. Naqvi, Scientist, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa.
  • Space weather impact on high latitude Ionospheric TEC during the low solar activity period - Prof. A K Gwal, Barkatullah University, Bhopal.
  • Twentieth Century Warming and associated increase in atmospheric pollutants at coastal Antarctica – A case study based on an ice core from the Dronning Maud Land - Dr. T. Meloth, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa.
  • A Study of secular inter annual variations of sea ice boundary of the Antarctic and the Arctic using altimeter data in the context to climate change - Abhinav Srivastava, Junior research Fellow, IIS, University of Allahabad, Allahabad.
  • Contrasting Climate Change in the two polar regions - Prof. John Turner, British Antarctic Survey, UK.
  • Atmospheric aerosols and electrical measurements over polar regions - Dr. C. G. Deshpande, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune.
  • Investigations of the recent polar ice variations observed from the space – born optical and microwave sensors - Dr. Sandip Oza, Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad.
  • Reduction in Arctic – Antarctic Thermal Contrast and decline in Asia – Pacific Monsoon intensity and all India monsoon rainfall - Dr. Nityanand Singh, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune.
  • Inner Seasonal Variability in an Arctic fjord: The Kongsfjorden System as a natural laboratory for climate change - Dr. S. Rajan, National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research, Goa
  • Temperature variations at Schirmacher OASIS and Larsemann hills during last two decades - Dr. R. P. Lal and Dr. Ajit Tyagi, India Meteorological Department, New Delhi.
  • Atmospheric aerosols studies over Arctic initiatives for long term data - Jai Prakash Chaubey, Senior research Fellow, SPL, VSSC, Trivandrum.
  • Comparison and replicability of ground penetrating radar surveys for detailed glaciological investigations between the polar and Himalayan regions - Prof. John M. Reynolds, Managing Director, Reynolds International Limited, UK.
  • Who control seabed mineral resources in the Antarctic and the Antarctic ocean - Dr. M Sudhakar, Advisor, MoES.
  • Recent retreat of Himalayan glaciers as evidence of climate change; observation and analyses - Dr. D. P. Dobhal, Scientist, WIHG, Dehradun.
  • Evolution of Rocky Oases in East Antarctica study by Indian Scientists - Rasik Ravindra, Director, National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research, Goa.
  • Presided by Dr. B. Meenakumari, Deputy Director General (Fisheries), Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.
  • Observation by Dr. M. Sudhakar, Advisor, Ministry of Earth Science, Government of India.
  • Observation by Dr. Ajit Tyagi, Former Director General, IMD.
  • Observation by Dr. Timo Koivurova, Director, Northern Institute of Environmental & Minority Law, University of Lapland, Finland.
  • Observation by Dr. John P. Bowman, Associate Professor, University of Tasmania, Australia.
  • Observation by Rasik Ravindra, Director, National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research, Goa.
A Bag containing the following:
  • A booklet of abstracts
  • A booklet of the biodata of the participants of i– SaGAA 2012
  • A folder with one note pad, brochure and a pen of  i- SaGAA 2012
  • One G’nY calendar 2012
  • Participation certificate for paper presentation
  • Participation certificate to students who attended the seminar.

The international Conference was a great success and proved to be instrumental in bringing out valuable conclusions and remarks related to issues linked with science and geopolitics of Arctic and Antarctic. The recommendation and views put forth will be of great help to all developing nations such as India.

National SaGAA 2011

National Conference on SCIENCE & GEOPOLITICS OF ARCTIC AND ANTARCTIC (14-15 January)

• Scientific and legal experts from all over the nation present their path breaking research.
• Created a networked group of stakeholders that interacted on a single platform to enable greater unification of global research.

Chief Guest : Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Hon’ble Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences.
Guest of Honour : Shri Rasik Ravindra, Director, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research.

  • To discuss the interface between science and geopolitics in the polar realms.
  • To bring together scientists, academicians as also policymakers of the Ministries.
  • To suggest further areas of research and development.
  • To shape future adaptation and exploration programmes.
The Conference included 5 technical sessions in which eminent scholars expressed their views on different topics mainly focusing on the polar regions.
  • Antarctic Global Shelf and the Law of the Sea: A Future Winter of Discontentment?- Dr. S. Ranjan, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research
  • Geopolitics of Natural Resource Utilization in Greenland and Faeroes Islands- Prof. S.S. Deora, HOD,Political Geography Division, SIS, JNU, New Delhi.
  • Protection of the Arctic Region: Are there some lessons to learn from the Antarctic Treaty System and International Law? - Dr. Luther M. Rangreji, Senior Legal Officer, Legal and Treaties Division, Ministry of External Affairs.
  • India in Arctic and Antarctica and its Geopolitical Significance – Dr. Rasik Ravindra, Director, National Centre Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa.
  • Microbes in Arctic and Antarctic - Dr. S. Shivaji, Centre for Cellular and Mollecular Biology, Hyderabad.
  • Changing Climate and Microbial Resources in Polar Realms, Dr. Loka Bharthi, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa.
  • Ozone Hole over Poles: Current Status - Dr. S.L. Jain, National Physical Laboratory.
  • Marine Biodiversity variation in the low-latitude region: Possible impact of Polar climatic perturbations - Prof. A.D. Singh, Centre for Advanced Study in Geology, Department of Geology, BHU.
  • Polar Expedition- Becoming an Industry? - Ms. Urmi Popat, Propreitor, Manas Publication, Mumbai.
  • The largest International Team of Women ever to Ski to the South Pole - Ms. Reena Kaushal, Kaspersky Lab, Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition.
  • De-icing of Arctic Routes and its Geopolitical Implications on Indian Ocean Sea Lane of Communication - Ramanuj Kaushik, Research Scholar, CIPOD, School of International Studies, JNU.
• Geophysical Studies in Polar Regions: Future Perspectives- Dr. V.M. Tiwari, Gravity and Magnetic Studies Group, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad. • Warming in Coastal Antarctica based on Ice Core Records and its Implications - Dr. T. Meloth, Project Director, National Centre Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa. • Survey of India and Indian Scientific Expedition to the Antarctic - Mr. Subba Rao and S. K. Mehta, Officer Surveyor, SOL, Dehradun. • Glacial and Fluvial Environments of the Ny- Alesund Region, Arctic - Prof. Dhruv Sen Singh, Centre of Advanced Study in Geology, University of Lucknow, Lucknow. • Quantitative Studies of Sea-Ice Melting Rates in the Antarctica using SSM/I Data - Dr. I.M.L. Das, Department of Physics, University of Allahabad, Allahabad.
  • Suspended Particulate Matter in Southern Ocean- AN approach to understand source and processes - Prof. G.N.Nayak, Department of Marine Sciences, Goa University, Goa.
  • Stable Isotope and Salinity Variations in the Southern Indian Ocean - Dr. R. Ramesh, Physical Research Laboratory, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad.
  • A review of Meteorological Observational Programme of the Indian Meteorological Dept. in Antarctica - Dr. R.P. Lal, Director, Indian Meteorological Department.
  • Space Weather Studies of Ionosphere in Arctic Region - Prof. A.K. Gwal, Space Science Laboratory, Department of Physics, Barkatullah University, Bhopal.
  • Centers of action and Indian Monsoon- A perspective of North and South Polar Highs - Dr. N. Singh, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune.
  • Four Yearly Cycle of Surface Energy fluxes of the Antarctica ice sheet in Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica- Dr. V.D. Mishra, Deputy Director, Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment, Chandigarh.
  • Variation of Barrier Layer in Southern Indian Ocean- Prof. Mihir K. Dash, CORAL, IIT, Kharagpur.
  • Surface Ozone Depletion Events observed at the Indian Arctic Station, Himadri during Spring of 2010- Dr. B. C. Arya, Radio and Atmospheric Division, National Physical Laboratory, CSIR, New Delhi.
  • Governing Antarctica: Contemporary Challenges and the Enduring Legacy of the 1959 Antarctic Treaty- Prof. Klaus Dodds, Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • Emerging Science- Geopolitics Interface in the Antarctic: The Indian Challenge- Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Centre for the Study of Geopolitics, Department of Political Science, Panjab University, Chandigarh.
  • Aerosol properties over coastal Antarctica during Southern Hemisphere Summer: Scavenging by Snow and Possible Climate Implications – Dr. S. Suresh Babu; Dr. Jai Prakash Chaubey; Dr. K. Krishna Moorthy, Space Physics Laboratory, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum.
  • The Geopolitics of the Arctic and Antarctic and Environmental Norm of Resource Uses – Ramanuj Kaushik, Research Scholar, Diplomacy and Disarmament Division (CIPOD), School of International Studies, JNU ; Kumar Veer Dhirendra, Research Scholar, Political Geography Division, School of International Studies, JNU.
  • Monitoring of Wildlife along the Princess Astrid Coast, East Antarctica and its Conservation Implication – Dr. Syed Ainul Hussain, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun; Ajai Saxena, Environment and Forest Department, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India.
  • Biodiversity and Biotechnological Applications of Psychrophiles – Dr. S. Shivaji, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad.
  • Changing Relationship between Centers of Action and Indian Monsoon – Dr. Nityanand Singh , H N Singh, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune ; Ashwin Ranade, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India.
  • Study of GPS derived Total Electron Content and Scintillation Index variations over Indian, Arctic and Antarctic stations – A. K. Gwal, Purushottam Bhawre and Azad Ahmed Mansoori, Space Science Laboratory, Department of Physics and Electronics, Barkatullah University, Bhopal.
A bag with SaGAA 2011 embossed on it containing the following:
  • A booklet of abstracts
  • A booklet of the biodata of the participants of SaGAA 2011
  • A book containing the proceedings of SaGAA 2011
  • A writing pad from G&Y and pen.
  • Two G&Y magazines (March-April and May-June, 2010) were distributed to all the participants.
  • Participation certificate for paper presentation was given to a research scholar from JNU, Mr. Ramanuj Kaushik.
  • Participation certificates were also issued to students who attended the seminar.

This programme was completed successfully. The recommendations and views put forward will be a great help for developing nations such as India with policy makers using SaGAA 2011 documentations shape future adaptation and exploration programmes.