Three Nansen Centers represented at ClimFishCon 2020 in Cochin

The international ClimFishCon 2020 conference is jointly organized by Cochin University of Science and Technology, School of Industrial Fisheries and Department of Fisheries, Government of Kerala. The conference, chaired by Prof Madhusoodan Kurup, has more than 350 participants, which in parallel sessions presents the state-of-the-art research on fisheries, aquaculture and coastal infrastructure under a changing climate. The conference addresses impact of climate change on hydrological cycle, ecosystems, fisheries and food security. The vast low-laying areas and the strong dependence of coastal fisheries makes the State of Kerala particular vulnerable to climate changes. 

The ClimFishCon 2020 was opened by the Justice of the Kerala High Court Devan Ramachandran. The Justice expressed the need for making legislation that to a large extent regulates human interactions should also to a higher extent be based on the needs of the environment. After an incident with an elephant dying with the stomach filled with plastic bags the High Court of Kerala have now banned all single-use plastic bags. 

Most of the staff of NERCI, Annette Samuelsen and Lasse Pettersson (NERSC) and Abu Syed (NABIC) gathered at the NERCI exhibition booth during CLIMFISHCON 2020 in Cochin.Most of the staff of NERCI, Annette Samuelsen and Lasse Pettersson (NERSC) and Abu Syed (NABIC) gathered at the NERCI exhibition booth during CLIMFISHCON 2020 in Cochin.Nansen Environmental Research Centre – India (NERCI) is among the local conference organizers and have an exhibition booth at the conference (see photo). Both the Nansen Center in Bergen and Nansen Bangladesh International Center for Coastal, Ocean and Climate Studies have, respectively, Keynote and Invited presentations. Research group leader Dr. Annette Samuelssen at NERSC presented a keynote on Operational Ocean Modeling for Monitoring and Forecasting of Marine Ecosystems in the session on Marine and Coastal Ecosystems. NABIC Director Dr. Abu Syed presents the paper Geoinformatics for conservation planning in coastal fisheries: Monitoring Hilsa (Hamilton-Buchanan, 1822) through remote sensing in coastal Bangladesh in the session on Climate change and Socio-economic Scenarios. NERCI research fellow Mrs. Ramu Pachanattu will present her work on Extreme significant wave heights and associated peak periods off Kozhikode, southwest coast of India, a project supported by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).