Atmospheric carbon sequestration potential of trees in Kochi City under the changing environmental scenario
Nansen Environmental Research Centre, India (NERCI) to study the Atmospheric carbon
sequestration capacity of trees in Kochi city
Department of science and Technology (DST) has awarded NERCI, an accredited scientific and
Industrial research organization of Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies to study
‘Atmospheric carbon sequestration potential of trees in Kochi City under the changing
environmental scenario’. The idea of the project is to estimate the sequestration potential of the
city with the existing vegetation pattern, Projecting the carbon balance for business as usual scenario
and potential scenario and suggest measures to be taken for a sustainable city. Under the present
scenario it will be an important step to address environmental issues related to the developmental
activities including metro rail work.
This research project would be coordinated by NERCI scientists, Dr.Bindu G and Dr. K. Ajith Joseph
and would help in developing strategies for the sustainable management of urbanization and
associated land use changes by generating baseline data with respect to carbon sequestration
potential of the city. This will be a contribution, in a regional scale, for the programs to alleviate
global warming and aligns the city’s sustainable development objectives with the cost-effective
mitigation measures, and also delivers co-benefits, such as improved local air quality, and reduces
health risks. A green area can be identified as an outcome of the study and can be continuously
monitored by establishing permanent field observation plots as per the guidelines of National carbon
Project (NCP: ISRO Geosphere Biosphere Program). Suitable species with maximum carbon
sequestration capacity can be selected for this. The results of the study will be an additional
authentic input to National carbon Budgeting process of NCP.
Study of Harmful Algal Blooms and other Aspects of Sardine Habitats around the Indian sub-continent (SHABASHI)(March 2015 to March 2016)
The Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO)with the NF-POGO Alumni Network for Oceans (NANO) is supporting the SHABASHI through its regional project for Indian Sub-Continent.
PI - Ravidas Naik
Participants (INDIA): Nandini Menon-NERCI, Shaju. S.S.-NERCI, Grinson George-CMFRI, Rajdeep Roy-NRSC, Gunjan Motwani-SAC, Mini Raman-SAC , Sanjiba Baliarsingh-INCOIS Participants (SRI LANKA): Kanthi Yapa, H.B. Jayasiri, H. B. Asanthi
Indo-European research facilities for studies on Marine ecosystem and climate in India (INDO-MARECLIM)-A scientific project from European Commission, Brussels.(February 2012 – January 2015)
Project Coordinator - NERCI (India)
Project Partners - NERSC (Norway), PML (United Kingdom), CMCC (Italy), IFREMER (France), Alterra (The Netherlands)
This project aims to develop, strengthen and sustain Indo-European scientific research co-operation and the NERCI research facilities in the areas of climate studies of the Asian summer monsoon, the marine ecosystem and coastal zone management studies, with focus on the role of the Indian Ocean, including the consequences on the society in India.
Decadal to multi-decadal variability in the Indian Monsoon Rainfall (IMR) and teleconnection with Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) [Researcher project-NORKLIMA] (INDIA-CLIM).(January 2012 – December 2014) by Nansen Envrionmental Research and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC), Norway.
Partners – CUSAT, NERCI, Anna University.
The objective of this project is to significantly contribute to the basic understanding of decadal to multi-decadal variations in the Indian climate during the last 600 years and to explore the teleconnection between the AMO and the Indian Summer Monsoon (ISM), and by that adding to the knowledge basis needed for improving Indian Monsoon Rainfall prediction which has strong impact on the hydrological cycle in India.
Participating institutes- Dept. Of Physical Oceanography, CUSAT, SAC (ISRO). The main objective is to study the mesoscale features of the South East Arabian Sea using OCM and Altimeter data.
Application of Altimetry (AltiKa) and Ocean Color (Oceansat II) in the studies of meso-scale features of the South-eastern Arabian Sea
Principal Investigator- Prof. A. N. Balchand, CUSAT
Co-PI - Dr. K. Ajith Joseph, NERCI
The main objective of this study is to understand upwelling dynamics and its effect on sea level variability. The dissipation of algae blooms in the South-eastern Arabian Sea in relation to mesoscale features of Southwest coast of India. Funded by Space Application Centre (SAC-ISRO).
Commercial use of biomass from Musa sp. (banana) to reduce its negative impact on environmental quality of Kuttanad ecosystem
Principal investigator – Dr. K. Suresh, TocH Institute of Science and Technology, Kochi
Co-investigator - Dr. Nandini Menon. N, NERCI
The main objective of this project is to find commercial use of biomass of Musa sp. by extraction of fibre from Banana plant and training the rural women on the effective utilization of bio-waste from banana plant for the production of organic toys and other eco- friendly products for income generation and popularisation of the products through various agencies. This proposal is the first of its kind to take on a potential solution to water pollution on a massive scale and investigate its net benefits/costs compared to the status quo of the financially backward majority of the population. Funded by Dept. of Science and Technology