The Futuristic Research Division (FTR) would pursue innovative research and assess technological, policy and societal responses to inform adaptation and mitigation strategies to achieve sustainability and improve the resilience of coastal community.
The objectives of the FTR Division are twofold: I) energy security for coastal community and ii) climate change adaptation and mitigation for improved resilience. This division would assess risks, impacts and vulnerabilities through regional and decadal scale analysis and models by improving the usefulness of forecasts of future environmental conditions and their consequences for people. Through innovative research, this division would examine the potentials of energy security from renewable sources and those that have neutral impacts on other aspects of coastal sustainability. This would include harnessing the potential of offshore wind energy for climate change adaptation and energy security in coastal regions of India. In another dimension, the FTR would undertake advanced research towards minimizing carbon emissions and maximizing carbon sequestration and storage by sea grasses, tidal marshes and mangroves. The studies would make an important contribution by ensuring that climate change concerns are better integrated with ongoing or planned activities that support ecosystem integrity including the management and use of bio-diversity resources. The FTR would conduct targeted research and monitoring to quantify the greenhouse gas emissions from coastal ecosystems including those due to ecosystem degradation, land based pollution and land use change.
The FTR's core strength would be on cutting-edge work in paleoclimate reconstruction, geochronology, modeling, and synthesis. Paleoclimate reconstructions would be used as windows into physical mechanisms of climate change, and its implications on socio-ecological, coastal and marine systems. The aim of FTR will also be to quantify and predict the impact of ocean acidification on bio-diversity and ecosystem functioning and the potential industrial scale production of biodiesel from halophyte cultivations. Some of the key innovative research FTR would conduct include:
FTR's concerns include the vulnerability of coastal populations to natural disasters, and those related to climatic change.