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The Concept

The "INDO-EUROPEAN RESEARCH FACILITIES FOR STUDIES ON MARINE ECOSYSTEM AND CLIMATE IN INDIA (INDO-MARECLIM)" project submitted to the EU INCO-LAB-India call capitalize and exploit the bilateral Indo-Norwegian cooperation built up since 1998 at the Nansen Environmental Research Centre – India (NERCI) in Cochin, Kerala University and furthermore with collaborators in India (KUFOS) , including Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Anna University, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS), and TocH Institute of Science and Technology (TIST). It will facilitate and improve European Union Member States and Associated Countries co-operation with India in the research areas of marine ecosystems and climate, including the impact on the society.

Methodology and associated work plan :

INDO-MARECLIM comprises three related, but complementary, scientific fields of research of interest to India and Europe;

(a) Monsoon and ocean variability, climate change and sea level variations,
(b) Marine ecosystem studies, including algae blooms and
(c) Coastal zone management and impact on society

The Objective

To use and extend the Nansen Environmental Research Centre - India (NERCI) as a joint
research facility for scientific co-operation between India and the European Union member
states and associated countries in the areas of monsoon climate variability, marine ecosys-
tems and costal management including impact on society.

Overall Strategy and general description:
INDO-MARECLIM capitalizes on the Norwegian institutional establishment, infrastructure and scientific cooperation
with India since 1998 and a network of European partner scientists involved in research topics of relevance to the
marine environment or climate in India and the Indian Ocean. The Indo-Norwegian scientific network of cooperation
is founded on functional MoUs signed between key Indian research and higher educational institutions and the
Nansen Centers in Bergen, Norway and Cochin. These MoUs are the basis for the long-term cooperation and imple-
mented through joint research projects and educational exchange activities between the parties.