National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Government of India

Field Instruments

NCSCM is involved in research studies which deals with the Environmental pollution, its control measures and Management. NCSCM’s centralized focus is on continual monitoring of Coastal Zones of India and change in its ecosystem. To monitor in-situ conditions for both long and short term basis, NCSCM has several highly sophisticated oceanographic instruments, optical instruments and survey instruments.

NCSCM combines the best of our existing hydrological, biogeochemical, and ecological observations to understand the change and to help decision-makers to create policies and sustainable manage the resources. Our environment monitoring and observation system is long term.

Data Type


  • In-situ current, tide, discharge, wave direction, sediment transport, solar irradiance, bathymetry and photo synthesis rate data
  • Online air quality, meteorological and physico-chemical data
  • Online greenhouse gas flux data

Type of Facility


Research Facility

Science Areas

  • Oceanographic Study (Physical, Chemical and Biological)
  • Meteorological Observation and Study
  • Pollution monitoring and survey
  • Environmental radiation
  • Water Quality
  • In-situ


  • Acoustic Doppler Profiler

    Model : SonTek

    Acoustic Doppler Profiler

    Used in oceanographic studies like; measurement of river discharge and directional wave measurement, which helps in modeling offshore wave transformation and wave induced current.

  • Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter

    Model : SonTek

    Acoustic Doppler Velocimeter

    Used in oceanographic studies like measurement of currents in surf zones, swash zones, estuaries and river channels, and determine erosion and sediment transport rates.

  • Automated Weather Station
    Make : Water log
    Model : YSI

    Automated Weather Station

    Measurement of long-term meteorological data for real time observation. Parameters: Air temperature, Relative Humidity, Wind speed, Wind direction. Barometric pressure, Solar radiation, Precipitation etc.

  • Data Buoy
    Make : YSI
    Model : EMM68

    Data Buoy

    Used for the deployment of water quality profiler for collection of real time long term time series data to monitor the causes, trends and consequences of change in ecosystems

  • Day Vision Binoculars

    Model : Carl Zeiss Tera

    Day Vision Binoculars

    Used for observation of flora and fauna associated with field surveys in mangrove forests.

  • Digital Hygrometer
    Make : Extech
    Model : SDL 500

    Digital Hygrometer

    For measuring humidity or dew point

  • Digital Lux Meter
    Make : Extech
    Model : LT-300

    Digital Lux Meter

    Field instrument for measurement of intensity of light within an environment

  • Digital SLR camera
    Make : Nikon
    Model : D3200

    Digital SLR camera

    For taking photos during field surveys

  • Digital Thermometer
    Make : Extech
    Model : 407907

    Digital Thermometer

    Field instrument for measuring temperature of environmental samples

  • Eddy Covariance System
    Make : LI-COR

    Eddy Covariance System

    To measure biosphere-atmosphere fluxes of GHG (CO2, CH4) and H2Og in different coastal ecosystems.

  • Electronic Distance meter
    Make : Leica
    Model : DM510

    Electronic Distance meter

    Portable equipment to measure distance, tilt and height during field surveys.

  • Electronic Range Finder
    Make : Apresys
    Model : LRF TP2000

    Electronic Range Finder

    For field based surveys

  • Fully Rugged Field Note book
    Make : GETAC
    Model : B300

    Fully Rugged Field Note book

    Computer for field based work

  • High volume Air Sampler
    Make : Polltech
    Model : PEM-ADS-2.5/10

    High volume Air Sampler

    For monitoring of SPM and chemicals in ambient air from coastal ecosystems and EIA surveys.

  • Horizontal Water Sampler

    Model : Van Dorn

    Horizontal Water Sampler

    Water sampler intended for taking water samples near the bottom in coastal ecosystems and in stratified water bodies.

  • Infrared Thermometer
    Make : Extech
    Model : IR260

    Infrared Thermometer

    Measuring temperature on different surface materials (non-contact)

  • Leaf Area Index Meter
    Make : LICOR
    Model : 2200C

    Leaf Area Index Meter

    Direct contact method for measurement of leaf area, thickness, perimeter and ratio of length to width of leaves from coastal ecosystems.

  • Life Jacket

    Model : Lalizaz Sigma 150N

    Life Jacket

    Personal floatation device for field safety.

  • Mechanical flow meter

    Model : Hydrobios

    Mechanical flow meter

    Determines the amount of water passing through plankton net.

  • Multi parameter Water Logger
    Make : Hydrolab
    Model : Sonde-DS5X

    Multi parameter Water Logger

    Compact and lightweight, capable of depth profiling or time series monitoring of water quality parameters during field surveys. (Parameters : Temperature, Conductivity, Salinity, Depth, pH, DO, Turbidity, ORP, Chlorophyll-a, PAR)

  • Night vision Binoculars
    Make : ATN
    Model : NS5x50

    Night vision Binoculars

    To view nocturnal flora and fauna in different ecosystems during field survey

  • Niskin water sampler

    Model : KC Denmark

    Niskin water sampler

    Fully PVC made sampler used to collect water sample at different depths.

  • Noise Level Meter
    Make : Cirrus
    Model : Optimus Red

    Noise Level Meter

    Measurement of noise and noise pollution studies in different environments.

  • PAM Fluorometer
    Make : Walz
    Model : Diving PAM-2

    PAM Fluorometer

    Instrument to determine in situ photosynthesis and change in photosysnthetic physiology of seagrasses, macro-algae, submerged aquatic vegetation and zooxanthellae in corals up to depth of 50 m.

  • Plankton Nets

    Model : Customized

    Plankton Nets

    Collection of phytoplankton and zooplankton from the coastal waters.

  • Portable Direct Soil pH meter
    Make : Hanna instruments

    Portable Direct Soil pH meter

    Laboratory instrument for precise pH measurement in environmental soil/sediment samples.

  • Portable Hydrocarbon Analyzer
    Make : Petrosense
    Model : pHa - 100plus

    Portable Hydrocarbon Analyzer

    For in situ measurement of hydrocarbon in environmental samples.

  • Portable pH meter
    Make : Hanna Instruments

    Portable pH meter

    For accurate, reliable & precise pH measurement in environmental liquid samples.

  • Portable Salinity Refractrometer
    Make : Extech
    Model : RF20

    Portable Salinity Refractrometer

    Portable equipment to measure salinity of seawater.

  • Portable Soil pH / ORP / ISE Meter
    Make : Hanna Instruments

    Portable Soil pH / ORP / ISE Meter

    Portable meter for measuring pH, ORP and anions / cations from water samples using ion selective electrodes.

  • Portable Spectro Photometer
    Make : HACH
    Model : DR 2800

    Portable Spectro Photometer

    Portable instrument for colorimetric based determination of nutrients in environmental samples.

  • Precipitation collector
    Make : EIGENBRODT Gmbh
    Model : SK 1550

    Precipitation collector

    For automatic collection of rain water used for the chemical analysis in laboratory.

  • Pyranometer
    Make : KippZonen
    Model : CMP 22


    To measure energy from the sun (solar irradiance and solar flux density etc).

  • Recording Current Meter

    Model : Aanderaa Seagaurd

    Recording Current Meter

    Used for directional current measurement and hydrodynamic modelling studies.

  • Scuba Diving Set
    Make : Scubapro

    Scuba Diving Set

    For the safety of underwater divers (in-situ studies related to corals and seagrass).

  • Sediment Grab Sampler

    Model : Van-Veen Grab

    Sediment Grab Sampler

    To collect bed sediment samples for geochemical, biological and environmental studies.

  • Shallow Water Echo Sounder

    Model : ODOM Echotrac CVM

    Shallow Water Echo Sounder

    Used for the bathymetric surveys of near shore and deep water in ocean.

  • Temperature Microchip

    Model : Hobo Pendant

    Temperature Microchip

    Temperature data logger deployed underwater for Sea Surface Temperature (SST) studies in coral ecosystem.

  • Under Water Camera
    Make : Nikon
    Model : Coolpix

    Under Water Camera

    For taking photos of corals and seagrass during underwater field surveys.

  • Wave and Tide Recorder

    Model : Aanderaa Seagaurd

    Wave and Tide Recorder

    Measurement of wave, wave radiation stress and water levels, used for storm surge studies.

  • Wave Rider Buoy

    Model : MKIII Buoy

    Wave Rider Buoy

    For measuring wave height and wave direction during coastal and oceanographic surveys.

  • Water Quality Probe (Regular)
    Make : YSI
    Model : 6920 V2

    Water Quality Probe (Regular)

    Field equipment for in-situ logging of water quality parameters like; Temperature, Conductivity, Salinity, Depth, pH, DO (Membrane), Turbidity, ORP, Chlorophyll-a, PAR.

  • Water Quality probe with accessories (Optical)
    Make : YSI
    Model : 6920 V2

    Water Quality probe with accessories (Optical)
    Field equipment for in-situ logging of water quality parameters like; Temperature, Conductivity, Salinity, Depth, pH, DO (LDO), Turbidity, ORP, Chlorophyll-a, PAR.

  • Water quality profiler

    Model : Exo 2

    Water quality profiler

    Used for understanding of biogeochemical process along the coastal waters. Records parameters like; Temperature, Conductivity, Salinity, Depth, pH, DO (LDO), Turbidity, ORP, Chlorophyll, BGA and FDOM etc.

  • Weather Tracker
    Make : Kestrel
    Model : K-4500NV

    Weather Tracker

    Portable equipment for monitoring meteorological parameters.

  • XRF-Spectrometer (Hand held)
    Make : Thermo Scientific
    Model : NITON XL2

    XRF-Spectrometer (Hand held)

    For fast, on site, and nondestructive elemental analysis from magnesium to uranium.

  • Portable Depth Sounder
    Make : HONDEX
    Model : PS-7

    Portable Depth Sounder

    For measuring water depth, range ~0.8 – 50m

  • Sediment pore water extractor
    Model : SK&SIC-20

    Sediment pore water extractor

    For extraction of interstitial water from the pore spaces of sediments. To study the chemical interaction of pore water on the mangrove ecosystems.