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.

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