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International Symposium on Microbial Responses to Ocean Deoxygenation inaugurated
An International Symposium on “Microbial Responses to Ocean Deoxygenation” in association with UNESCO-Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) was inaugurated at the hand of Dr. Mirdula Sinha, H.E., Governor of Goa, in the presence of Dr. Bess Ward, Chair, SCOR Working Group 144, Princeton University, USA, Dr. SWA Naqvi, Former Director, CSIR-NIO, Dr. Prasanna Kumar, Director, CSIR-NIO and Dr. N. Ramaiah, Chief Scientist and Convenor of the Symposium, CSIR-NIO. This symposium is organised by the CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa during 3-5 December 2016.
This International Symposium is meant to advance the knowledge on oxygen deficient marine waters. OCEAN deoxygenation directly impacts marine ecosystem functions and services, through changes in food web structure and biodiversity. As oxygen levels decline, energy is increasingly diverted away from higher trophic levels into microbial community metabolism resulting in significant environmental changes to food web dynamics, impacts on fisheries, on fixed nitrogen losses, possible accumulation of hydrogen sulfide, and production of climate active trace gases. This symposium will also aid to synthesize available information on coastal and open-ocean waters to provide a unified conceptual microbial and biogeochemical model, which will help direct future research.
“Goa has become a very popular place for national and international meetings and events” were the words said by Dr. Mirdula Sinha, H.E., Governor of Goa, as she welcomed the delegates of the international symposium to the beautiful state of Goa. She emphasized that, “As the overall volume and environmental impact of global oceanic activity increases, there is an increasing need to deepen our study on the various aspects of ocean, in order to address the emerging challenges,
especially in regard to the issues of climate change and environmental pollution”. Further she stated that “Scientists across the globe have a stupendous task of unravelling the hitherto unknown knowledge and facts about the ocean. “She finally concluded by saying “She hopes that the scientific community will bring out fruitful results from their studies and research to enable the nation to fulfil its objectives, including exploitation of precious resources, preservation of marine eco-systems, mitigation of natural calamities and strengthening of the nation’s food security”.
At the onset Dr. Prasanna Kumar welcomed the gathering and wished the symposium the very best to achieve their goals. Dr. Bess Ward, lauded the tireless effort put forth by CSIR-NIO in all the ocean research programmes. The Abstract volume of the symposium was released at the hands of Dr. Mirdula Sinha, H.E., Governor of Goa. The inaugural programme ended with a distinguished lecture by Dr. SWA Naqvi, on ‘Is there a methane effect on nitrogen loss in anoxic waters?’
At the end of the programme Dr. N. Ramaiah, proposed the vote of thanks.
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