Research school on Coastal and Ocean processes of the Bay of Bengal and its impact on the society

Winter school inauguration. From left: Captain Mir Imdadul Haque (Bangladesh Navy), Dr. Atiq Rahman (BCAS), Ambassador HE Merete Lundemo (Norwegian Embassy Dhaka), Prof. Shamsul Alam (B. Planning Commission), and Prof. Ola M. Johannessen (NERSC/Nansen SciWinter school inauguration. From left: Captain Mir Imdadul Haque (Bangladesh Navy), Dr. Atiq Rahman (BCAS), Ambassador HE Merete Lundemo (Norwegian Embassy Dhaka), Prof. Shamsul Alam (B. Planning Commission), and Prof. Ola M. Johannessen (NERSC/Nansen SciThe NABIC winter school 2014 on Coastal and ocean processes in the Bay of Bengal in a changing climate and their impacts on society was inaugurated in Cox´s Bazar in Bangladesh on October 12th by the Ambassador of Norway HE Merete Lundemo. 29 graduate students from Bangladesh and India are for six days gartered to learn, interact study the ocean and coastal processes in the Bay of Bengal under the present and future climate conditions and its impact on the socety.

During the inaugural session the co-chairmen of the scientific committee Dr Atiq Rahman (BCAS) and Prof. Ola M. Johannessen (NERSC and Nansen Scientific Society) welcomed the students and introduced them to the next days of scientific presentations, group work, interaction and report writing. Professor Dr. Shalmsul Alam of the Bangladesh national Planning Commission closed the opening session before the participants was shown A sense of adventure – the story about the life of Fridtjof Nansen as an inspiration for their further work.

The Nansen-Bangladesh International Centre for Coastal, Ocean and Climate Studies (NABIC) International Winter School Coastal and ocean processes in the Bay of Bengal in a changing climate and their impacts on society have a multi and cross-disciplinary thematic approach to meet the challenges and opportunities in the Bay of Bengal region. 15 lecturers from Bangladesh, India and Norway will during the winter school address research related to the Bay of Bengal and its implications on the society in Bangladesh.  The winter school has brought together interdisciplinary group of graduate students with background and/or interest in ocean dynamics, climate impacts and socio-political dimensions of climate change.

The Bay of Bengal, a northern extended arm of the Indian Ocean is the largest bay in the world and is characterized by its tropical climate and monsoon dominancy. A unique feature of the Bay is the extreme variability of its physical properties, including the reverse direction of the East India Coastal Current twice per year. Numerous rivers flow over India and Bangladesh into the bay bring in large quantum of freshwater inflows and billions tons of suspended sediment, which influence the oceanographic and ecosystem dynamics of the Bay. Climatically, the coastal area of the Bay falls under severe monsoon influence and is impacted by cyclones, tidal surge and inland flooding. The coastal belt of the Bay of Bengal (southern part of Bangladesh, West Bengal and Orissa) will suffer heavily in socio-economic terms from global warming. Most important among them is global warming and its impacts - in particular, sea level rise induced inundation, coastal flooding, frequent cyclone and storm surges, meteorological disturbance, and salinity intrusion and ingression to the agricultural land - on the livelihoods of the millions in the delta.

Participants of the NABIC winter school in Cox´s Bazar, Bangladesh October 12-17, 2014.Participants of the NABIC winter school in Cox´s Bazar, Bangladesh October 12-17, 2014.The NABIC International Winter School 2014 is co-organized by Nansen-Bangladesh International Centre for Coastal, Ocean and Climate Studies (NABIC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh; the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), Dhaka, Nansen Scientific Society, Bergen, Norway, and Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC), Bergen, Norway. The Nansen Scientific Society, The Reserach Council of Norway (MILUTV-program) and Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center all in Norway have funded the winter school.

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