Director

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RAMESH
RAMACHANDRAN

Prof. Dr. Ramesh Ramachandran's expertise includes coastal biogeochemistry and Integrated Coastal Zone Management. He received his MPhil and PhD in Environmental Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a second PhD in Marine Sciences from the McGill University, Canada.

After gaining research experience at Harvard University, USA, Max-Planck-Institute für Chemie, Germany, and at the University of Newcastle, U.K., Ramesh Ramachandran focused and furthered his research on measurement of trace gases CH4, N2O and CO2 and the processes governing their production and emissions. His expertise includes nutrient fluxes and transformation in the river-coast-ocean continuum.

As Former Chair of Future Coasts (formerly Land Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone; LOICZ) from 2011 to 2015, he implemented the LOICZ Nutrient Budget for major estuaries on the east and west coast of India among several other studies globally. Another significant contribution is the development of a Ecosystem Health Report Card for Chilika Lagoon, Odisha and the Marine National Park, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India. Currently, many such ecosystems in India (viz. Gulf of Mannar, Kavaratti Island, Lakshadweep) are underway.

For the past decade, Ramesh Ramachandran has been involved in coupled land-ocean interface studies, its management, to aid policy decisions of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change. As the Founder Director of the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, several trans-disciplinary research studies spanning coastal vulnerability, socio-economic development, coastal/ marine conservation, spatial planning, land-based pollution, island management, integrated coastal zone management and climate change are being undertaken under his leadership.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

  • Ph.D

    Earth and Planetary Sciences with specialization in Marine Chemistry McGill University, Montreal, CANADA (1986 - 1990)
  • Ph.D

    Environmental Sciences with specialization in Environmental Geochemistry Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, INDIA (1983 - 1986)
  • M.Phil

    Environmental Sciences with specialization in Marine Chemistry Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, INDIA (1981 - 1983)
  • M.Sc

    Geology, University of Madras, Madras, INDIA (1979 - 1981)
  • B.Sc

    Geology, Chemistry and Physics, University of Madras, Madras, INDIA (1976 - 1979)