Themes and Topics

The four main themes and their constituent topics covered by the Conference are:

  1. Physical Oceanography and Marine Geology

    o   Coastal morphology
    o   Meteorology and climate change
    o   Remote sensing and GIS
    o   Riverine input
    o   Hydrodynamics and sea water circulation
    o   Upwelling and monsoon
    o   Sedimentology
    o   Sea level rise
    o   Land-sea and air-sea interfaces
  1. Marine Chemistry and Pollution

    o   Nutrients and eutrophication
    o   Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
    o   Radiation
    o   Organic and inorganic pollutants
    o   Eco-toxicology
    o   Biogeochemistry of substances

  1. Marine Ecology, Biology and Fisheries

    o  Threatened species
    o  Marine Protected Areas
    o  Special Habitats (mangroves, corals, sea grass beds)
    o  Invasive marine species (bio-invasions)
    o  Food chains and energy flow
    o  Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
    o  Plankton
    o  Chlorophyll and primary productivity
    o  Benthic communities
    o  Microbial communities
    o  Exploitable species
    o  Fish population dynamics and stock assessment
    o  Fisheries and aquaculture
  1. Emerging Issues

    o  Dredging,  reclamation and coastal development
    o  Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
    o  Mass marine mortality
    o  Climate Change
    o  Natural disasters
    o  Atmospheric fallout
    o  Trans-boundary environmental issues
    o  Impacts of water desalination and power plants
    o  Marine emergencies (e.g. oil, gas and harmful substances)
    o  Legal instruments and institutional mechanisms
    o  Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Ecological Risk Assessment, Natural Resource Damage Assessment
    o  Innovative environmental technologies
    o  Public health