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USA-India Colloquium: Earth Observations and Sciences for Society and Economy

11-13 June, 2018

National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO)
Goa, India

Organizers & Sponsors

Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES)

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National Institute of Oceanography

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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About the NOAA-MoES Event

The 2nd U.S.-India Colloquium on Earth Observations and Sciences for Society and Economy will be held at the National Institute of Oceanography in Goa, India, June 11-13th, 2018.

This multi-disciplinary event is intended to bring together delegates from the U.S. and India in order to address emerging ocean and earth science issues. The colloquium will provide a forum to establish the foundation for the next decade of NOAA’s ocean-climate collaborations with the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences. Integrating knowledge between U.S. and Indian stakeholders, the colloquium aims to build on existing successful partnerships as well as identify new areas of cooperation.

This event will be an opportunity to share information/results and shape the future of ocean and earth sciences for the Indian Ocean Region as well as their far reaching global impacts, including the United States.

NOAA-MoES Colloquium Themes*

Services for Society and Economy

Utilization of observations for operational activities

Forecasting Science for Services

Ocean Observing

Observation networks in the Indian Ocean – current and future

Observations from the Southern Ocean

Cryospheric Research

Teleconnection between Poles (Arctic, Antarctic and Himalaya) and tropics.


Ocean, Coastal and atmospheric modeling

Tsunami modeling (including use of GPS in rupture modeling)

Tropical Cyclones

Indian Ocean and Monsoon

Ecosystem Science & Research

Collaborations in Living Marine Resources and Ecosystems Research

Identification and exploration of hydrothermal Vents

Bio-geochemistry of Indian Ocean

Toward the Future

The future plans, IIOE-2 and Monsoon Mission

Indian Ocean dynamics – what we learned from MoES-NOAA collaboration

NOAA-MoES Colloquium Agenda

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday

Monday 11 June 2018

9:00-9:30 AM

Registration & Morning Tea

Room TBD

Session I: Plenary Session // Chair: Satheesh Shenoi (INCOIS)

9:30-10:30 AM

Welcome Remarks

Dr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary, MoES

Edgard D. Kagan, U.S. Consul General, Mumbai

Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, IOC (video greeting)

Craig McLean, Acting Chief Scientist, NOAA

10:30-11:00 AM

Press event with Dr. Rajeevan and Mr. McLean (media-only)

Session II: Services for Society and Economy // TBD // Rapporteur: TBD

Utilization of Observations for Operational Activities // 10:30–11:30 AM

10:30-10:45 AM

Research Moored Array for African-Asian-Australian Monsoon Analysis and Prediction (RAMA)

Presenter: Dr. Sidney Thurston (NOAA)

10:45-11:00 AM

India's OMNI buoy Network in the north Indian Ocean

Presenter: Dr. M.A. Atmanand (Director, NIOT)

11:00-11:15 AM

Tsunami Forecasting: New Technologies for the Near-field Problem

Presenter: Dr. Diego Arcas (NOAA)

11:15-11:30 AM

Prediction of inundation due to tsunami and storm surges

Presenter: PLN Murty (INCOIS)


Discussion on Utilization of Observations for Operational Activities

Facilitator: Ed Gorecki (USA)

11:45-12:00 PM
  • Setting Day 2 expectations
  • Guidance on afternoon session, including lunch and directions for NOAA ship tour
12:00-1:00 PM


1:00-2:30 PM

Transit to Mormugao Port

Arranged Transportation

3:00-4:30 PM

Site Visit: NOAA Ship Ronald H Brown

  • Ship Tour
  • Media Tour by invitation only

Mormugao Port

5:00-6:00 PM

Return to Goa // Free Rest of Night

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Session III: Forecasting Science for Services // Chair: K. J. Ramesh (India) // Rapporteur: TBD

Hyrdrologic Forecasting // 9:30-11:15 AM

9:30-9:45 AM

Monsoon Mission and Its expectations

Presenter: Prof. Ravi S. Nanjundiah (Director, IITM)

9:45-10:00 AM

Monsoon Forecast Biases and Ways forward to Improving Skill

Presenter: Raghu Murtugudde (UMD)

10:00-10:15 AM

Model developmental activities on CFS model and its impact on prediction skill

Presenter: Suryachandra Rao (IITM)

10:15-10:30 AM

Simulation of MISO using high resolution ocean model for Monsoon Predictions

Presenter: Arun Kumar (NOAA/NCEP)

10:30-10:45 AM

Model developmental activities on UKMO and NCMRWF

Presenter: Dr. E.N. Rajagopal (NCMRWF)

10:45-11:00 AM

Hydrologic modeling to support resource and policy management decisions

Presenter: Jody Eimers (USGS)

11:00-11:15 AM

Extended Range Forecasts and its applications

Presenter: Dr. A.K.Sahai (IMD)

11:15–11:45 AM

Morning Tea Break

Room TBD

Fisheries Forecasting // 11:45–12:15 PM

11:45 - 12:00 AM

Short- and long-term forecasting of the Indian oil sardine fishery along the southwest (Malabar) coast of India

Presenter: Mark Wells (UM)

12:00 - 12:15 PM

An ecosystem based modelling approach for the prediction of Sardine fishery

Presenter: Kunal Chakravarty (INCOIS)

12:15-12:45 PM

Discussion on Forecasting Science for Services

Facilitator: K. J. Ramesh (India)

12:45-1:45 PM

Lunch Break


Session IV: Ocean Observing Chairs: Sidney Thurston (NOAA) and Ravichandran (India) // Rapporteur: TBD

Observation Networks in Indian Waters // 1:45–3:15 PM

1:45-2:00 PM

Integrated Ocean-Atmosphere Observing & Forecasting

Presenter: Scott Glenn (Rutgers)

2:00-2:15 PM

Sustained observations of coastal currents using ADCP network

Presenter: D. Shankar (NIO)

2:15-2:30 PM

Indian contribution to observation networks in the Indian Ocean

Presenter: Pattabhi Ramarao (INCOIS)

2:30-2:45 PM

Sustained Oceanographic and Meteorological Observations from Lagrangian Drifters in the Indian Ocean

Presenter: Dr. Luca Centurioni (Scripps)

2:45-3:00 PM

An overview of the US GO-SHIP I07N (2018) and I08S (2016) expeditions in the Indian Ocean: Deep and Bottom Water Changes

Presenter: Viviane Menezes (WHOI) and Denis Volkov (CIMAS / University of Miami)

3:00-3:15 PM

Salient findings of 10 years ocean observations in the Indian sector of Southern Ocean

Presenter: Sarat C. Tripathy (NCAOR)

3:15-3:30 PM

Air-Sea Interactions in the Northern Indian Ocean Regional Initiative (ASIRI)—Monsoon Intra-Seasonal Oscillations in the Tropical Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal (MISO-BOB)

Presenter: Jonathan Nash (Oregon State University)

3:30-4:00 PM

Discussion on Ocean Observing

Facilitator: Sidney Thurston (NOAA), Ravichandran (NCAOR)

3:45-4:15 PM

Afternoon Tea Break

Session V: Ocean and Atmospheric Modeling and Prediction // Chair: Sunil Singh (India) // Rapporteur: TBD

Atmospheric Modeling // 4:30-5:30 PM

4:30-4:45 PM

Unified high-resolution modeling system for 'seamless' prediction of tropical cyclones from weather to decadal timescales

Presenter: Dr. Ram Ramaswamy (NOAA/GFDL)

4:45-5:00 PM

Ocean Initialisation & Modelling for Coupled Seamless Modelling System at NCMRWF

Presenter: A.K. Mitra (NCMRWF)

5:00-5:15 PM

NOAA HWRF System: Advancing Tropical Cyclone Predictions over Indian seas

Presenter: Dr. Sundararaman.G.Gopalakrishnan (NOAA/AOML)

5:15-5:30 PM

Topic TBD (India)

Presenter: Dr. Ananda Kumar Das (IMD)

5:30-6:00 PM

Discussion on Atmospheric Modeling

Facilitator: TBD

6:00-6:15 PM
  • Day 2 wrap-up
  • Setting Day 2 expectations

Presenter: TBD

6:30-8:30 PM

Colloquium Social Event

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Session V: Ocean and Atmospheric Modeling and Prediction (continued) // Chair: Sunil Singh (Director NIO) // Rapporteur: TBD

Climate Modeling // 9:30–10:30 AM

9:30-9:45 AM

Indo-U.S. Partnership for Climate Resilience: Key Findings from High-Resolution Climate Modeling Projection Workshop

Presenter:Shaily Maloo (EPTRI)

9:45-10:00 AM

The Indian summer monsoon response to GHG and Aerosol forcing in the IITM Earth System Model

Presenters: Krishnan/Swapna (IITM)

Ocean Modeling // 10:00–10:45 AM

10:00 - 10:15 AM

Impact of southern ocean meteorological conditions on regional swell forecasting in the Indian Ocean

Presenter: T.M. Balakrishnan Nair (INCOIS)

10:15 - 10:30 AM

Observations of the microstructure of the upper layers of Bay of Bengal

Presenter: Thangaprakash (INCOIS)

10:30–11:00 AM

Discussion: Climate and Ocean Modeling and Prediction

Facilitator: Dr. Ravi Nanjudhiah (IITM)

11:00–11:30 AM

Morning Tea Break

Room TBD

Session VI: Ecosystem Science & Research // Chairs: M. Sudhakar (India) and Ned Cyr (NOAA) // Rapporteur: TBD

Biogeochemistry of the Ocean // 11:30-12:30 PM


Biogeochemistry of micro-nutrients in the Indian Ocean

Presenter: Sunil Kumar Singh (NIO)

11:45-12:00 PM

Optical-geochemical properties from ocean color: case study in the Arabian Sea

Presenter: Dr. Eurico D’Sa (LSU)

12:00-12:15 PM

Predicting the oxycline in the Arabian Sea

Presenter: Satyaprakash (INCOIS)

12:15-12:30 PM

Nutrient supply controls particulate elemental concentrations and ratios in the Eastern Indian Ocean

Presenter: Catherine Garcia (UoC)

12:30-12:45 PM

Evolution to decay of upwelling and associated biogeochemistry in the South-Eastern Arabian Sea

Presenter: Gupta, G.V.M. (CMLRE)

12:45-1:45 PM


Microbes // 1:45-2:30 PM

1:45-2:00 PM

Large scale harmful algal blooms will change Indian fisheries in the future

Presenter: Vera Trainer (NOAA)

2:00-2:15 PM

Remote Sensing of harmful algal blooms

Presenter: Aneesh Lotlikar (INCOIS)

2:15-2:30 PM

Deep sedimentary subsurface biosphere of the Indus Fan

Presenter: Dr. Gowtham Subbarao (Scripps)

2:30–3:00 PM

Discussion on Biogeochemistry of the Ocean and Microbes

Facilitator: Dr. Ned Cyr (NOAA Fisheries)

3:00-3:30 PM

Afternoon Tea Break

Fisheries // 3:30-5:00 PM

3:30-3:45 PM

Offshore cage fisheries

Presenter: Kirubagaran (NIOT)

3:45-4:00 PM

Oil sardines in a changing ocean environment: insights from remote sensing data and landing history

Presenters: Nimit Kumar (INCOIS) for Eli Holmes (NOAA)

4:00-4:15 PM

Deep Sea exploration and delineation of potential Marine protected Areas within Indian EEZ

Presenter: Saravanane N (CMLRE)

4:15-4:30 PM

Spawning habitat of the Indian Oil Sardine and Potential Effects of Climate

Presenter: Dr. David Checkley (Scripps)

4:15-4:30 PM

Estimation of maximum sustainable yield (MSY) from Indian seas using tropho-dynamic approach

Presenter: Dr. David Checkley (Scripps)

4:30-4:45 PM

Estimation of maximum sustainable yield (MSY) from Indian seas using tropho-dynamic approach

Presenter: Smitha BR & Saravanane. N (CMLRE)

4:45-5:00 PM

Using advances in data limited stock assessment and management strategies in Indian fisheries

Presenter: Owen Hamel (NOAA)

5:00-5:30 PM

Discussion Fisheries

Facilitator: Dr. Ned Cyr (NOAA Fisheries)

5:30 PM

Reconvene for closing Plenary

Closing Plenary

Closing Plenary // 5:45-6:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Craig McLean, Acting Chief Scientist, NOAA

Dr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary, MoES

The following are hotels that are within a ten minute taxi drive (within the radius of 6 km) to NIO Donapaula, Goa – 403004


Hotel Category ~Tariff in INR per night standard rooms Address Telephone, Fax, Email Distance from NIO


5 star

Rs. 12000
($185 USD)
plus 28 % Tax

Opp Manipal Hospitals, Vainguinim Beach, Panaji, Goa -403004

Tel: +91-832-2454545

1.5 km

Goa Marriott Resort & Spa


($247 USD)
plus 28 % Tax

Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, Miramar, Panaji ,

Goa – 403 001

Telephone: +91-832- 6656036

Fax: +91-832- 2463300

Tel: USA/Canada :1-888-236-2427

4.2 km

Vivanta by Taj-Panaji, Goa


($123 USD)
plus 28 % Tax

Off D. B. Bandodkar Road, St. Anne's Junction, Panaji, Goa 403001

Tel: +91-0832- 6633636

Fax: +91 832 6633600

5.2 km

The Chances Resort & Casino


($108 USD)
plus 28 % Tax

184-189, Machado's Cove, Goa, Dona Paula, Goa 403004

Tel: +91-832-2452201/2/3

Fax no: +91 832 245 6689

2.1 km

Bay 15

5 star

($232 USD)
plus 28 % tax

Odxel Beach, Dona Paula, Panaji, Goa 403206

Tel: +91-832-2456231, 7350146000

3.3 km

Prainha Resort By The Sea


($93 USD)
plus 28% tax

Jetty Road, Near State Bank of India, Dona Paula, Goa 403004

Tel: +91-832-2453881/2/3


Reservation: 0091-7774010131

400 meters

Pastina Beach Resort


Rs 3000
($46 USD)
plus 18% tax

Behind CID Office, Jetty Road, Dona Paula, Goa 403004

Tel: 91-832 - 2451851 / 52 / 53 / 54

Mobile: 091589 17483

280 meters

The International Centre Goa


Rs. 3600
($56 USD)
plus 18% tax

Dr. E Borges Road, Dona Paula,
Goa – 403 004, INDIA

Tel:+91 832 2452805 to 2452810

Mobile: 9765404395

Fax: +91 832 2452 812

2.1 km

Varanda Do Mar


($71 USD)
plus28% tax

Near Goa Science Center, Miramar, Panaji, Goa 403002

Tel: +91-8322464400

2.2 km

Grand Hyatt Goa


Rs. 8600 ($133 USD)/-

Plus 28 % tax

P.O. Goa University, Bambolim, Goa 403206

Tel:+ 91-832-301 1667
Mobile:+ 91-738714 9993
Fax:+ 91-832-301 1235

6.7 km

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