Contact Details

Nansen Environmental Research Centre (India),
Amenity Centre,
Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies,
Madavana Junction, Panangad P.O,
Kochi-682506., Kerala, INDIA.

Tel: +91-484-2703351
cell: +91-94473-25564


Strategy Of Nansen Environmental Research Centre India


Improving our understanding of climate change, its impact on monsoon and Indian ocean ecosystems by using satellite data and models; influence of these on the coastal zone and the resulting social problems. It is also our mission to disseminate the scientific information gathered for the benefit of society and for the conservation of ecosystems.


Research Areas

Monsoon and ocean variability, Climate Change, Sea level variations
  • To understand monsoon variability on all time and spatial scales and its relation to ocean.
  • To improve the understanding of climatic teleconnections between the higher latitudes and the tropics.
  • Indo-Pacific Ocean will be the focal area of study..
Marine Ecosystem studies with focus on forcing mechanisms and algal blooms
  • To improve the description of bio-optical and physical interactions of the estuaries, coastal regions and open ocean; quantification of algae and water quality parameters and understanding forcing mechanisms.
  • To build up specialized knowledge to develop algorithms needed; validation of geophysical products from the new satellite sensors and application in research and operational services.
Coastal Zone Management and Societal issues
  • To undertake water quality monitoring studies and suggest ecofriendly mitigative measures.
  • Hazard study in relation to monsoon, sea level change and harmful algal blooms.
  • Initiate activities on EIA for industries to be established in the coastal zone.
  • Dissemination of the scientific knowledge on coastal zone through awareness programmes.


International Programmes

  • Initiate and participate in international research programs
  • Facilitate exchange of scientists and students from collaborative institutions in India with Nansen Centres world wide.


Center's culture

  • Challenging and inspiring work environment.
  • Facilitation for capacity building.
  • Open and honest relationship with colleagues and students
  • Loyalty to the Nansen Center and Nansen group.
  • Excellent relationship with cooperating institutions and funding agencies.
  • Creation of an eco-friendly environment in the center and its surroundings.
  • Encouragement for talented young scientists.



  • Implementation of numerical ocean and ecosystem models.
  • Study of the feasibility and to implement the modelling system for the Global Ocean.
  • Satellite remote sensing, ocean colour and GIS applications for marine studies.
  • Development of ecosystem modules for the modelling system.
  • Dissemination of the eco-friendly techniques developed by the center.



  • NERCI to be recognized as an international research center.
  • Improvement of the scientific co-operation with Indian scientific institutions to enable utilization of sea truth data.
  • Further development of NERCI's research activities with an active Board and council
  • Initiation of national and international collaborative research programmes.
  • Enhancement of research collaboration with other Nansen centres.
  • Further improvement of team spirit and internal communication.
  • Public outreach.


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