On December 26, 2004 Sri Lanka and a few other countries in the region faced the destructive power of nature. The tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean left about 300,000 people dead. This disaster also demonstrated the regenerative power of human compassion. Sri Lanka became just one household where everyone who was not affected did his/her utmost to provide relief to those affected.

Fundamental to the onset of the Indian Summer Monsoon is the land-sea thermal gradient from the Indian Ocean to the Himalayas-Tibetan Plateau (HTP). The timing of the onset is strongly controlled by the meridional tropospheric temperature gradient due to the rapid pre-monsoon heating of the HTP compared to the relatively cooler Indian Ocean.

This case study is part of the ODI HPG research programme on the role of the affected state in humanitarian action and aims to describe the essential elements of approach to disaster management as seen in its response to the 2001 Gujarat earthquake and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. It also analyses policy trends in Disaster Management Act.

Analysis of daily rainfall data over India during the period 1951

The tsunami of the recent past has put into perspective the need for assessing tsunami hazard in vulnerable coastal areas of India. Following the disastrous tsunami in the Indian Ocean on December 26th 2004, the Ministry of Earth Sciences initiated action towards
setting up of the Tsunami Warming System at INCOIS, Hyderabad.

SYDNEY - Droughts in Australia have traditionally been linked to El Nino events in the Pacific Ocean, but a new study says the key driver of major droughts has been a warming and cooling cycle in the Indian Ocean.

This report provides an overview of priorities for tsunami early warning systems in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia. It aims to guide the policy and programming of the ESCAP Multi-Donor Voluntary Trust Fund on Tsunami Early Warning Arrangements in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia. It also intends to provide advice to partners wishing to support efforts to fill identified gaps.

600 years ago, a tsunami hit the Indian Ocean. Some lessons THE Indian Ocean Tsunami System Programme, costing US $16. 6m, ended in March this year, amidst hopes that it would check the devastation that occurred in 2004. The 2004 tsunami

This Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2008 report from the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network summarises what has happened to the world

The coastal waters off western India may be the largest natural low-oxygen system. In summer and autumn the oxygen level drops to 0.2 mg per litre, said S W A Naqvi, chemical oceanographer at National Institute of Oceanography in Goa. During these seasons, the institute