Monsoons, cyclones & extreme events – Role of oceans - a presentation by M. R. Ramesh Kumar at CSE Annual South Asian Media Briefing Workshop on Climate Change, 2013 held in New Delhi from September 18-19, 2013.

Projection of Indian summer monsoon for the 21st century using RegCM4.3 with GFDL forcing - A presentation by K. C. Pattnayak, S. K. Mishra and S. K. Dash at the 4th National Research Conference on Climate Change, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, October 26-27, 2013.

Berlin: Earthquakes may contribute to global warming by releasing methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, from the ocean floor, according to a new study.

NIO study also concluded that water quality fulfilled criteria of CPCB for eco-sensitive zones

The impact of industrial activity on aquatic fauna found at bottom of the Arabian sea (macrobenthic communities) in the sensitive ecosystem of the Marine National Park and Sanctuary (MNPS) in southern Gulf of Kutch was found to be low despite various anthropogenic pressures in the region, according to a study conducted by the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa.

The mystery surrounding the surfacing of tar balls on Goan beaches has apparently been solved with the National Institute of Oceanography revealing that they originate from washing away of oil spil

Variations in nearshore wave power at four shallowwater locations along the east and west coast of India are examined based on the measured wave data for one-year period. The study shows that along the west coast of India, 83–85% of the annual wave power is during the summer monsoon period (June–September), whereas at Visakhapatnam (on the east coast), 55% of the annual wave power is during the summer monsoon period. Along Puducherry coast in the east, wave power is relatively less with maximum value of 31.8 kW m–1.

PANJIM: Goa State Pollution Control Board has issued notices to transporters of hazardous waste oils, which are generated from barges, cruise ships, off-shore casino vessels and other ships docking in Goa for failing to submit the annual details regarding collection and disposal of waste oil.

The notices have been served to 13 transporters under Hazardous Waste (Management, Handling and Transboundary Movement) Rules 2008 asking ‘why the authorization (consent to operate) granted under said rules should not be revoked/withdrawn in view of non compliance of conditions.’

Temperature To Rise After Sky Clears Today

Despite a rise in temperature, Delhiites did not feel the heat on Thursday, first due to a haze in the morning and later a cloudy sky. The cloud cover this time is not a result of a western disturbance but has been caused by a convergence of winds coming from the west and east and is expected to dissipate by Friday.

Kolhapur: A fresh study of the earthquake-prone areas in the Koyna-Warna reservoir area is under way. A team of scientists from the CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, has arrived here and is expected to study the areas where seismic activity has been prevalent at low or medium intensity.

The scientists will use the Airborne LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and photographic data acquisition and processing system for geomorphological and structural studies. The one-month study will focus on the tectonic activities around the Warna and Koyna dams.

Flash floods on the edge of high terrain, such as the Himalayas or Rocky Mountains, are especially dangerous and hard to predict. The Leh flood of 2010 at the edge of the Himalayan Plateau in India is an example of the tragic consequences of such storms. The flood occurred over a high mountain river valley when, on three successive days, diurnally generated convective cells over the Tibetan Plateau gathered into mesoscale convective systems and moved off the edge of the Plateau over Leh.

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