[IIOE2-EP54] Enhancing knowledge of the Arabian Sea Marine environment through Science and Advanced Training (Indian Component)(EKAMSAT)

Lead Investigator :

  1. Dr. Girishkumar Madathil Sivasankaran, Scientist-E , Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) (Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India), "Ocean Valley", Pragathi Nagar, Nizampet, Hyderabad - 500 090, India

Other Key participants:

  1. Dr. Aneesh Lotliker , Scientist-F ,INCOIS, India
  2. Mr. E. Pattabhi Rama Rao, Scientist-G ,INCOIS, India

Period of Project: 1st April 2022 - 31st March 2026

Brief description of the Project:

The EKAMSAT is an India-USA collaborative scientific processes-specific observation campaign project to study ocean and monsoon interactions in the Arabian Sea. The air-sea interaction processes in the Arabian Sea are crucial for the onset of the Indian Summer Monsoon and its progress through the season. The main goal this program is to enhance our understanding of the air-sea interaction over the Arabian Sea to a level thawould support the reduction of the systematic errors stemming from the misrepresentation of ocean boundarlayer dynamics in models used for the prediction of monsoon rainfall. Sustained observations and processpecific studies to understand the boundary layer processes in the ocean and atmosphere will be the centrtheme of this collaborative program. A combination of resources from India and the USA, with a collaborativeteam-based approach combining in-situ processes and large-scale remote observations, multi-scale modellincross-scale synthesis, innovative training and capacity building is envisaged to make a quantum jump in ourknowledge of processes related to oceanic boundary layers in the Arabian Sea. Aside from documenting thephysical characteristics of the ocean and atmosphere in the Arabian Sea, another topic proposed to be covereby this programme is the modulation of ecosystem dynamics in connection to these physical processes.

Region of study:

Arabian Sea. Primarily to the east of 65°E-79°E and 6°N-21°N (Both in open and coastal ocean regions of the eastern Arabian Sea).