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Science plan for the coastal hazards drafted
The tsunami that hit the coastal and island regions of India on 26 December 2004 has left a feeling that we need to be better prepared for such events. This feeling found expression during the recent Brainstorming Session on the Great Tsunami of 26th December 2004, in South Asia organized jointly by Department of Science & Technology (DST), Department of Ocean Development (DOD), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Indian National Science Academy (INSA) on 21-22 January, 2005, at INSA, New Delhi. Over 300 participants, including several distinguished Fellows of the academy and leading experts from six countries, attended the session. The contours of a National Action Plan were drawn at the end with a broad outline of an early warning system, but the importance of an integrated approach was highlighted. The consensus that emerged during the brainstorming session was that while steps are being taken to set up an operational warning system, there is a need to evolve a national research agenda that will take a holistic look at the country’s coastal hazard preparedness. Keeping this in view, a two-day workshop was held during 18-19 February 2005 at the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa. The aim of this workshop, National Workshop on Formulation of Science Plan for “Coastal Hazard Preparedness”, was to prepare an action plan as part of a long-term strategy to develop the science behind coastal hazard preparedness. 87 researchers from around the country discussed the research proposals in the workshop. This has now been synthesized into the Science Plan. We hope to have the science plan translated into research projects during the course of this year with the help of the DST, DOD and CSIR.
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