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.

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