ESSO - Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services

(An Autonomous Body under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India)
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Since, 2000, INCOIS has been providing advisories on potential fishing Zones (PFZ) that helps the fishermen in easy location of fishing grounds. Fishermen found these advisories extremely useful. Following the PFZ advisories, INCOIS also started issuing forecasts on ocean waves. Recently, INCOIS also started providing the forecasts on ocean currents, sea surface temperature, mixed layer depth and the depth of thermocline, tides, etc. All these services have been found to be extremely useful and beneficial by fishermen, shipping industry, port and harbour administrations, Indian Navy and Coast Guard, etc. The advisories and forecasts were issued based on satellite data and mathematical models.During the XII plan also, INCOIS has the responsibility to continue to issue the advisories and forecasts and also to improve them further for their quality and quantity. Monitoring and locating the earthquakes on the ocean floor and issuing the early warning on tsunami was another major responsibility entrusted to INCOIS. Since, the inception of tsunami early warning centre in 2007, INCOIS was successful in issuing early warnings within 10 minutes with no false warning on tsunami.
While continuing all the projects of XII Five Year PLan viz.,(i) Ocean Advisory& information Services, computational Infrastructure and communication Systems (OASIS), (ii) Ocean Observation Network (OON), (iii) Ocean - Modelling, Data Assimilation and Process SpeCific ObservaTions (O-MASCOT), (iv) Operations & Maintenance of INCOIS (O&M), (v) International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOO), INCOIS also proposes a new project on (i) Marine Observation System along Indian Coast (MOSAIC). The total budget projection for the continuing projects is Rs. 611.835 crores and Rs. 150.00 crores for new project. Thus the total budget projection for the plan period 2017 - 2020 is Rs. 761.835 crores
Budget 2017 -18 2018-19 2019-20 Total
OASIS 94.565 68.35 62.06 224.975
OON 49.87 50.47 44.48 144.82
OMASCOT 12.5 13 10.5 36
ITCOO 47.15 40.65 14.55 102.35
MOSAIC 64.9 51.4 33.7 150
O&M 31.55 34.92 37.22 103.69
Total 300.535 258.79 202.51 761.835

1. Operations & Maintenance (O&M)

S.No

Objectives   (View/Download AO)    (View/Download SFC)

1

Designing, planning, implementation and maintenance of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure required for various projects at INCOIS.

2

Designing, planning, implementation and maintenance of communication infrastructure for real-time data acquisition from various observational platforms.

3

Providing High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure required for running various numerical models with-in the stipulated time lines.

4

Data back-ups & archival of ocean data and information.

5

Development and Maintenance of the website for dissemination of various ocean products.

6

To provide salary, travel support other admissible allowances to the staff available on rolls

7

To operate and maintain 60 acres campus including office building, canteen, restrooms etc.

8

To provide support to the staff for organizing various national, international events including extending executive services support to various ongoing projects


2. Ocean Advisory & Information Services, Computational Infrastructure and Communication Systems (OASIS)

S.No

Objectives   (View/Download AO)    (View/Download SFC)

Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) Advisories

1

Sustain and improve the Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) advisories and Tuna Fishing Zone advisories

2

Enhance the dissemination of the advisories through EDBs, web, mobile, email, etc.

3

Conduct awareness campaigns to increase the awareness among the community and enhance the user base

4

Conduct concurrent validation experiments through projects funded to collaborating institutions

5

R & D necessary for improvement of the services

Ocean State Forecast (OSF)

1

Sustain and improve the global, regional, coastal state specific and location specific forecasts of waves, currents, tides, etc.

2

To develop and operationalise forecast for the coastal regions of India at high spatial resolution using a suit of models

3

Setup of ocean state forecast lab

4

Enhance the dissemination of the products through EDBs, web, mobile, email, etc.

5

Validation of forecasts through projects funded to collaborating institutions

Ocean Data Services

1

Sustain the acquisition and distribution of data

2

Development of 'Digital Ocean' and setting up of a state of art 'Ocean Data Processing Lab'.

3

Conduct workshops for effective utilization of data

4

Fund projects for data analysis and utilization

5

Develop value added in situ and remote sensing data products

6

To support and enhance the capabilities of OBIS data centre in coordination with international agencies (IODE/ IOC)

7

Digitization of analog data records

Coral Reef Bleaching Alerts and Geospatial Applications, CVI

1

Sustain and improve generation of coral reef bleaching alerts

2

Generation of CVI maps

Early warning systems for Tsunamis and Storm Surges

1

Detect, locate, and determine the magnitude of potentially tsunamigenic earthquakes occurring in the Indian Ocean and provide timely advisories on 24x7 basis

2

Maintain the existing core tsunami observing systems (NOAA-type BPRs at 2 locations and 21 tide gauges) and communication systems for data transmission

3

Enhance the tsunami observation networks with the addition of 4 NOAA-type BPRs, 15 Tide Gauges and 35 GPS stations

4

Enhancement of DSS application, sea-level data inversion, modeling & other associated elements for provision of services for Indian Ocean and Global Domains

5

Real time tsunami modeling and inundation mapping for vulnerable Indian coasts

6

Utilization of real-time GPS data for better characterization of tsunami

7

Development and implementation of storm surge forecasting service.

8

Conducting tsunami drills at national and international level coordinating with various agencies

9

R & D Projects, Capacity Building, Education & Training


3. Ocean Observation Network (OON)

S.No

Objectives   (View/Download AO)    (View/Download SFC)

1

To establish a wide range ocean observing networks for acquisition of marine meteorological and oceanographic data from offshore and coastal ocean of Indian Seas, viz., Moored Buoys, Drifters, Argo Profiling Floats, Current Meters, Wave Rider buoys, Tsunami buoys.

2

To set up a real-time and delayed mode coastal and offshore observational system for understanding the boundary currents and to facilitate data assimilation and real time validation of operational nowcast/forecast of ocean variables in and around Indian Seas.

3

To cater to the ocean observational needs of both Operational (real and near real-time) and 2. Understanding (mainly delayed mode or process studies).

4

To conduct R & D Projects, Capacity Building, Education & Training


4.Ocean-Modelling,Data Assimilation and Process SpeCific ObservaTions(O-MASCOT)

S.No

Objectives   (View/Download AO)    (View/Download SFC)

1

To setup an integrated coastal and basin wide forecast system, the High resolution Operational Ocean Forecast and reanalysis System (HOOFS), that can provide

short term forecasts of wave heights, directions and periods, surface and subsurface temperature, salinity, currents, at a very high resolution (250 m to 2 km) along the Indian coastline and the forecasts at 0.25 to 0.5 degree resolution in the Indian Ocean.

short term forecasts of water quality parameters

Oil Spill Trajectory Forecast

Prediction of tides at all major and minor ports along the Indian coast and neighbouring countries,

high resolution SSTs to delineate the Potential Fishing Zones around India and neighboring countries specially to use them during the non-availability of high resolution data from satellites due to cloud cover.

2

To provide the ocean reanalysis (1979 to present) products for the global ocean including the unique historical data from the Indian Ocean region,

3

To provide analysed SSTs over the globe on a day-to-day basis to facilitate the initial conditions for ocean-atmosphere coupled models, specifically for the seasonal forecast of monsoon over India and Southeast Asia.

4

To carry out focused research and development activities on various aspects of ocean modeling and data assimilation that can compliment the implementation of the HOOFS

5

To analyse various oceanographic datasets available at INCOIS and elsewhere to understand the variability of Indian Ocean at different space and time-scales.


5. Marine Observation System along Indian Coast (MOSAIC)

S.No

Objectives   

1

To deploy moored automated buoy based coastal observatory measuring meteorological, physical and biogeochemical parameters at six selected locations along the Indian Coast.

2

To establish monthly time series stations at and in-between the buoy locations to expand spatial coverage of the coastal waters monitoring and, also to quality control the sensor data.

3

To conduct geo-morphological mapping of two selected estuaries using remotely sensed and in-situ data.

4

To make intensive sampling in the selected river estuary to monitor the health of these estuaries and to understand the tidal influence at seasonal scale.

5

To generate in situ data for understanding the effect of physical forcing on bio-geo-chemical processes along east and west coast of India.

6

To initiate water quality forecasting, on experimental basis, for the selected coastal stations using high resolution modelling and assimilation of real-time data.


6. International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOO)

S.No

Objectives   (View/Download AO)    (View/Download SFC)

1

Provide advanced training in operational oceanography for young scientists and technical (S&T) persons and decision makers/ officials from India (including industries on payment basis), IOR countries and other developing nations ( on sponsorship basis) on a continuous regular basis, to enable to create a large pool of young trained manpower with core skills in the sub-continent.

2

Provide training on generation of data from oceans using in situ and satellite platforms, transmission of data to operational centre, data reception, data processing in real-time, usage of data in models and generation of forecasts and dissemination of the same to end users with in the shortest possible time.

3

To provide ship board experience and training in observational oceanography using state - of - the - art instrumentation from all available sources and interaction with national and international pool of faculties to so as to widen the S&T base.

4

To promote excellence in integrated multidisciplinary oceanography on a global scale to improve understanding and management of natural resources.

5

To help scientists to be in a state of preparedness for nowcasting and forecasting the behavior of the oceans and also to address the role of ocean science and technology in delivering information critical to safety, commerce and environmental protection.