Work Packages

Management structure and procedures

INDO-MARECLIM is organized in six major Work packages (WPs) listed inTable 1, which are interlinked according to the project management structure

Table 1: The list of work package in INDO-MARECLIM including WP leaders, Co-leaders and


Work packages

WP Leader




Project management;

Ajith Joseph. K.

Lasse H. Pettersson



Indo-European research facilities for studies on marine ecosystem and climate in India

N.R. Menon

Lasse H. Pettersson



Monsoon and ocean variability, Climate Change, and Sea level variations

P.V. Joseph

Annalisa Cherchi



Marine Ecosystem studies, including algal blooms

Annette Samuelsen

NandiniMenon N.



Coastal Zone Management and impact on society

N. R. Menon

Eddy Moors



Strengthen the INDO-MARECLIM partnership and building network of cooperation between Europe and India

Ajith Joseph. K




Organizing and hosting of summer schools for PhD and Post-docs

NandiniMenon N.

Annette Samulesen



Development of joint Indo-European research project proposals

Trevor Platt

Ajith K. Joseph



Opening the INDO-MARECLIM institutional arrangements to additional European partners

N.R. Menon

Lasse H. Pettersson

TBD as appropriate

Leaders of the Work Packages

Dr. K. Ajith Joseph

Doctorate in Physical Oceanography from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), India in 1998. He joined Nansen Environmental Research Centre - India as Scientist in 2000. Presently the Director of NERCI after his tenure as Research Director in 2007 for two years. He has more than fourteen years of research and ten years of project management experience with CUSAT and NERCI through various projects. He is also an Associate scientist at NERSC (Participant 2). He is a member of the doctoral committee of Institute of Remote Sensing, Anna University, Chennai. He has headed projects funded by UNEP-APFED and SAC, ISRO in his capacity as PI and Co-PI. He was the Indian coordinator for the Indo-Russian workshop on Regional Climate Change held at Cochin in October, 8-9,2009 under the DST-RFBR 2009 Call and the Nansen International Summer School held in India from Feb 6-12, 2010. Dr. Ajith is the Project manager (supporting the project co-ordinator) for the INDO-MARECLIM under WP1 as well as the team leader in WP3 to strengthen the INDO-MARECLIM partnership and building network of cooperation between Europe and India and also work in WP2.2. He is the co-leader in WP5 for Development of joint Indo-European research project proposals.

Dr Annalisa Cherchi

is scientist at CMCC since 2006. She took her PhD in Geophysics in 2004 at Bologna University. Her scientific activity focuses mainly on the climate variability of the tropical sector with specific emphasis on the Indo-Pacific region. She is author and co-author of scientific publications for peer-reviewed international journals. Some of them have been dedicated to the study of the Indian summer monsoon using atmospheric and coupled general circulation models, in the framework of EU-projects like ENSEMBLES and of international projects, like the Italy-US cooperation. Since October 2008 she is PI for the CMCC activities within the CLARIS-LPB FP7 EU-project for the studies associated with long-term climate variations and extremes over South East South America (SESA). DrCherchi is also teaching a course at the Ca' Foscari University in Venice (Italy), in the context of the PhD on "Science and Management of Climate Change".

Dr. Annette Samuelsen

has more than 10 years of experience working with developing and applying coupled physical-biological models to study the interaction between physical ocean processes and the marine ecosystem. Currently she is a WP-leader in the Norwegian project AcuSat. In addition she is involved in the large EU project MyOcean where a coupled physical-biological model for the North Atlantic and the Arctic is implemented for operational use.

Eddy J. Moors

is head of the integrated group Earth System Science – Climate Change (ESS-CC) and as such coordinates all project activities within the group. The expertise within the group covers a broad range, members of the group (among others Prof PavelKabat, Prof Pier Vellinga, dr R. Swart) have made major contributions to for example IPCC reports. The back ground of Moors is in hydro-meteorology. He is (co-)author of more than 50 peer reviewed papers. At present he coordinates among others HighNooN: adaptation to changing water resources availability in northern India with Himalayan glacier retreat and changing monsoon (EU, FP7). Projects he is or has been involved in, range from East-Siberia to Brasil, for example: HighNoon, Future Weather, Adaptation strategies for shoreline development in San Francisco Bay, Climate proof cities, AquaStress, ACER, CarboEuropeIP, MedeFlu, ELDAS, NitroEurope, ELDAS, GEOLAND.

Prof. P.V. Joseph

was for thirty-two years part of the India Meteorological Department, working in Geomagnetism, and in the operational jobs of Weather Prediction, Aviation Meteorology and Cyclone Warning. Served as Director of the Meteorological Training School of IMD at Pune where he taught tropical meteorology and weather prediction at advanced levels. After retiring from IMD in 1989 he took up various assignments in USA and India. Currently Dr. Joseph is Associate Scientist and Group Head at the Monsoon, Ocean variability and Climate change studies at Nansen Environmental Research Centre - India and also Professor Emeritus at the Department of atmospheric science, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin. Dr. Joseph has done original research for five decades in Tropical Meteorology (Monsoons, Cyclones and Thunderstorms), Climate Change and Ocean-Atmosphere interaction. He has about 60 research publications in reputed Scientific Journals on these subjects. Dr. Joseph is the team leader in WP2.1 for the studies of Monsoon and ocean variability, Climate change and sea level variations. He would be a major resource person for the summer school (WP4). His reputation as a renowned monsoon meteorologist would help in building network (WP3) and develop new project proposals (WP5).

Lasse H. Pettersson

Director for marketing and Leading scientist at the NERSC. He is vice-chairman of the board of directors and member the NERCI Board as well as the Vice-President at the Nansen International Center (NIERSC) in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has 27 years of experience with marine ecosystem research and applications of satellite observation data of the marine environment. He has been coordinator of several multi-national research projects and has extensive experience in international scientific cooperation (incl. supervision and organizing summer schools). He has published 54 referee publications, five books and several book contributions, teaching material for Universities and school classes.

Prof. (Dr.) N.R. Menon

is presently the leading scientist, Chairman of the Scientific Research advisory board and one of the Board Directors of NERCI. He is also an Emeritus Professor at School of Marine Sciences, Cochin University of Science and Technology, India. His field of expertise is in Taxonomy and Ecology of Marine Foulers; Marine Biodeterioration; Marine Pollution Monitoring; Toxicology Biodiversity and coastal zone management. He has worked in various scientific capacities at different institutes for more than forty years now. He has more than 150 scientific publications. He has worked as a senior scientist in International Indian Ocean Expedition. He was involved in the investigation on the distribution of the Toxic Algal Blooms along the EEZ of India and the distribution of micro and macro benthos along the EEZ of India involving planning the experiments, deployment of suitable scientific personnel, analyses and interpretation of data. He was the main coordinator of the Netherlands MHO programme implemented at Cochin University of Science and Technology from 1999. He was the Principal investigator and Co-ordinator for two multi-institutional projects of the Marine Living Resources Programme sponsored by the Department of Ocean Development, Govt. of India (MLR-DOD). He has worked as Member of National Research Advisory Committee for the MLR- DOD Programme and many other national programmes. Dr. Menon is the project coordinatorof INDO-MARECLIM, he is also leading WP2 and particularly for WP2.2 and 2.3, as well as WP6 opening INDO-MARECLIM institutional arrangements to additional partners.

Dr. N. Nandini Menon.

Doctorate in Marine Biology from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), India. She joined NERCI as Senior Scientist in 2009 and has fourteen years of post doctoral research experience and thirteen years of teaching experience. Had been working in CUSAT as Ad-hoc lecturer / Research Associate in projects funded by various national agencies like MoEF, DBT, CSIR, DST and MoES before joining NERCI.Also working as Guest faculty for M. Tech programme in Marine Biotechnology of CUSAT and M. Phil programme of Dept. of Chemical Oceanography of CUSAT.Has implemented independent project as PI under the DST –SERC young scientist scheme in CUSAT. Was the Organising secretary of the Indo-Russian workshop on Regional Climate Change held at Cochin in 8-9th October, 2009 under the DST-RFBR 2009 Call and also for the Nansen International winter school held at Cochin, India from February 6-12, 2010. Dr. N. N. Menon is the team leader for WP4 and co-leader of WP2.2. She would involve in the marine optical and primary productivity studies.

Dr. Shubha Sathyendranath

is a widely-admired scientist in the field of marine optics and remote sensing. She is the point of contact to GEO for ChloroGIN, and is the Science Leader for the prestigious Ocean Colour CCI programme of the European Space Agency. She has some two hundred publications in the scientific literature. She has a very broad and deep experience teaching in international training courses, especially in India.

Prof Trevor Platt FRS

is a scientist of high international standing, is the founding co-Chairman of ChloroGIN, the founding Chairman of SAFARI (another GEO activity, on Societal Applications to Fisheries and Aquaculture of Remotely-sensed Imagery), the founding Chairman of the International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) (1995-2005), former Chairman of Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS), all of which are highly respected on a world scale for constructive and cost-effective contributions to the relevant scientific field and especially to capacity building in developing countries. Currently he is executive director of POGO. He is at the leading edge in exploiting the scientific results of biological oceanography, especially its results achieved with the aid of remote sensing, as an aid to management of marine resources. He has personally organised and taught many international training courses for students from developing countries.