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Employee Name Dr. Kunal Chakraborty
Designation Scientist-E
Group Name MDG
Office Phone no 040-23886080
Educational Details B.Sc. Mathematics, Hooghly Mohsin (Govt.) College, University of Burdwan.

M.Sc. Mathematics, University of Burdwan.

Ph.D. (Science), Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur (Formerly Bengal Engineering & Science University, Shibpur)
Research Interests Ocean models have a unique ability to integrate our empirical and theoretical understanding of the marine environment. Ecosystem Modelling is a key scientific technique by which we can elucidate the mechanism of the marine system and predict its evolution in both the short and long term. These models are very useful for simulating and analyzing the long-term dynamics and stability properties of complex ecological systems. The fundamental modelling technology for operational forecast, climate change science and environmental risk assessment is of high strategic importance. The primary role of models in ecosystem science is to provide a simplification of complex reality, yet as our understanding of the marine biogeochemical system grows, more complex models are required. The need is to ascertain appropriate levels of complexity to enable ecosystem models to have predictive skill while also providing scientific insight.

I am an ocean biogeochemical modeler. My research has focused on application of coupled physical-biogeochemical models at the basin scale in the Indian Ocean and in a coastal/estuarine system.

My research interests include:

1. Physical-biological interactions in the Indian Ocean
2. Biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nitrogen in the ocean and estuaries
3. Dynamics of boundary currents and shelf circulation
4. Ocean circulation and its role in the climate system

I have been working on a project leading to the development of an end-to-end model for the Indian Ocean basin which includes investigation of the distribution and the processes controlling major biogeochemical tracers that are relevant for both ocean physics and biology. The specific objectives of his research is to explore the environmental conditions associated with interannual (IOD, ENSO, AZM) and intraseasonal (MJO) modes which is believed to be the driving force controlling variability in fish populations through reproducing the observed spatial and temporal variability of both physical and biological variables in Indian Ocean (including coastal ocean) using a coupled model. This project has potential significance to the existing scenarios of present knowledge and understanding of marine ecosystem.
Career Details 1. Scientist E, (since January 01, 2020)
Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, Hyderabad.

2. Scientist D, (since January 01, 2016 to December 31, 2019)
Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, Hyderabad.

3. Scientist C, (during February 06, 2012 to December 31, 2015)
Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, Hyderabad.

4. Guest Lecturer (September 12, 2011 to February 04, 2012).
Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics,
University of Calcutta.

5. Assistant Professor (January 27, 2007 to February 02, 2012)
Department of Mathematics,
MCKV Institute of Engineering (Approved by AICTE) under the affiliation of West Bengal University of Technology.

6. Academic Counsellor for the Bachelor Degree Programme (July 28, 2008 to February 04, 2012)
Netaji Subhas Open University (Approved by UGC) in Chandernagore Govt. College Study Centre.
Publications Visit my Google Scholar Page for Citation Information
Other Information Awards & Honours

1. Associate Fellow - Telangana Academy of Sciences for the year 2018.

2. Member - Indian National Young Academy of Science (INYAS) for five years with effect from January, 2019.

3. INSA Medal for Young Scientists, 2017

(In recognition of my outstanding contributions on modelling of marine ecosystem variability in the Indian Ocean, the Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi selected me for INSA Medal for Young Scientists 2017.)

4. Young Researcher Award, 2016

(In recognition of my outstanding research contributions in biophysical coupling process in the Indian Ocean, the Ministry of Earth Sciences honoured me with Young Researcher Award in the field of Earth System Science for the year 2016.)

Research Scholars Pursuing Ph.D

1. Jayashree Ghosh, Registered leading to Ph.D degree under the faculty of Ocean Science & Technology, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS)
2. Trishneeta Bhattacharya, Enrolled under INCOIS Ph.D Program

Research Scholars Completed Ph.D

1. Kunal Das, Ph.D (Science) degree awarded on 18-Nov-2019 by the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur
2. Sachinandan Dutta, Ph.D (Science) degree awarded on 27-Aug-2016 by the Jadavpur University, Kolkata
3. Samadyuti Haldar, Ph.D (Science) degree awarded on 18-Feb-2016 by the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur
4. Milon Chakraborty, Ph.D (Science) degree awarded on 15-Dec-2015 by the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur