6.2 National Ocean Information System (NOIS)

Under this programme, 14 National Marine Data Centres (NMDC) have been established to collect, store and disseminate ocean related data generated by Universities and R&D institutions in the country. They are:

    Name of the Institute                    Parameters being handled

Department of Ocean Development (DOD) Data Summary

Office of Deputy Director General, India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune Ocean Surface Meteorology

Geological Survey of India (GSI), Calcutta Marine Geology

KD Malavia Institute of Petroleum Exploration (KDMIPE), Dehradun Magnetic, Seismic and Gravity

Survey of India, Dehradun Tide level

Naval Hydrographic Office (NHO), Dehradun Bathymetry

Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), Bhavnagar Marine Algal resources

Regional Centre, National Institute of Oceanography (RC, NIO), Bombay Marine Pollution

Fishery Survey of India (FSI), Bombay Offshore Fisheries

National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa. Physical, Chemical and Biological Oceanography

Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi Coastal Fisheries

Institute for Ocean Management (IOM), Madras Coastal Geomorphology

National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), Hyderabad Ocean related remote sensing parameters

Central Drugs Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow Bio-active substances in the sea.

Until, 1994-95, the data centres at NIO, Goa, NRSA Hyderabad, IOM, Madras and IMD Pune, were strengthened and operationalised. During the year 1995-96, eight Data Centres were strengthened, out of which five were operationalised. These Data Centres are GSI, Calcutta; Survey of India, Dehradun; KDMIPE, Dehradun; CMFRI, Cochin and CDRI, Lucknow. Further, the Data Centres at Naval Hydrographic Office and RC, NIO, Bombay, were also strengthened with hardware and software facilities and also micro-earth stations for networking. The achievements made during the year include finalisation of data exchange formats by the data centres, popularisation of NOIS programme through publication of brochures, etc. The data centres at FSI, Bombay; CSMCRI, Bhavnagar; DOD; NHO, Dehradun and RC, NIO, Bombay, which are in the process of acquisition of hardware and development of software, will be fully operationalised during 1996-97.