Winter school on Coastal and Ocean processes in the Bay of Bengal

A graduate student winter school on Coastal and ocean processes in the Bay of Bengal in a changing climate and their impacts on society will be hosted in Bangladesh in October 2014. Application for participation is open until 20. August.

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.

The NABIC International Winter School Coastal and ocean processes in the Bay of Bengal in a changing climate and their impacts on society will have a multi and cross-disciplinary thematic approach to meet the challenges and opportunities in the Bay of Bengal region. The school aims to bring together interdisciplinary group of graduate students with background and/or interest in ocean dynamics, climate impacts and socio-political dimensions of climate change.

The NABIC International Winter School 2014 is co-organized by Nansen-Bangladesh International Centre for Coastal, Ocean and Climate Studies (NABIC), Dhaka, Bangladesh; Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, Dhaka, Nansen Scientific Society, Bergen, Norway, and Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, Bergen, Norway. Application for participation is open until 20. August.