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  • Monitoring of water, sediment and microbiological parameters at monthly intervals.
  • Monitoring, quantification, research and generating awareness on marine litter and microplastics in the coastal environment.
  • Record of incidences such as algal blooms, coastal foaming, oil spill, mass fish kill, effect of flooding and heavy rainfall water quality.
  • Installation of sensor based buoy for the coastal water quality monitoring
  • High resolution eco-hydrodynamic water quality model for Chennai, Puducherry and Puri coast.
  • Provide forecast of SST, salinity, DO, BOD and E.coli for Chennai coast.
  • Development of Mobile App “Clean coast” for coastal WQ information system.
  • A web-based Information service system for water quality and beach ratings.


  • Real time water quality data for Chennai and Puducherry coast can be accessed here.
  • Three days forecast pollution indicating water quality parameters for major beaches at Chennai and Puducherry coast. 
  • Status of current scenario and quantification of pollution level around Chennai, Puducherry and Puri coast.
  • Data on marine litter and microplastics for development of marine litter policy for the country and regional seas.
  • Dissemination of information to the stake holders for proper usage of the  beaches, sustainable utilization and management of resources.

  • Pradhan U K, Panda U S, Naik S, Mishra P, Sathish Kumar D, Begum Mehmuna and Ramana Murthy M V, (2022). Coupled hydrodynamic and water quality modeling in the coastal waters off Chennai, East Coast of India. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9:987067.
  • Mishra P, Begum M, Gera A, Kumar B C, Deviram G, Pradhan U K, Vashi A, Bandyopadhyay D, Naik S, Panda U S, Ramana Murthy M V, (2022). Factors responsible for the sudden outburst of Noctiluca scintillans in the Chennai coastal waters, southeast coast of India–a case study. Oceanologia, ISSN 0078-3234, In Press.
  • Mishra P, Naik S, Babu P V, Pradhan U K, Begum M, Kaviarasan T, Vashi A, Bandyopadhyay D, Ezhilarasan P, Panda U S, Ramana Murthy M V, (2022). Algal bloom, hypoxia, and mass fish kill events in the backwaters of Puducherry, southeast coast of India. Oceanologia. 64,396-403.
  • Pradhan U K, Mishra P, Mohanty P K, (2022). Beach and nearshore sediment textural characteristics of a monsoonal wave dominated micro-tidal, human perturbed environment, Central east coast of India. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 15 : 667
  • Pradhan U K, Mohanty P K, Mishra P, (2022).  Coastal erosion: a threat to sea turtle nesting habitat, east coast of India, RendicontiLincei.ScienzeFisiche e Naturali, 33, pp. 153-167.
  • Begum M, Kumar C S, Naik S, Pradhan U K, Panda U S, Mishra P, (2021). Indian coastal waters: a concoction of sewage indicator bacteria! An assessment on recreational beaches. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 193(7): 1-21
  • Pradhan U K, Sahoo R K, Pradhan S, Mohanty P K, Mishra P, (2020). Textural Analysis of Coastal Sediments along East Coast of India, Journal Geological Society Of India, Vol.95, pp.67-74.
  • Panda U S, Pradhan U K, Sujith S, Naik S, Begam M, Mishra P and Ramana Murthy M V, (2020). Bathing water quality forecast for Chennai coastal waters, Journal of Coastal Research, 89(sp1), pp.111-119.
  • Sujith kumar S, Panda U S, Pradhan U K, Mishra  P and Raman Murthy M V, (2020). Web-Based Decision Support System for Coastal Water Quality, Journal of Coastal Research, 89(sp1), pp.139-144.
  • Pradhan U K, Mishra P, Mohanty P K, Panda U S, Ramanamurthy M V, (2020). Modeling of tidal circulation and sediment transport near tropical estuary, east coast of India. Regional Studies in Marine Science, 37: 101351.
  • Pradhan U K, Mohanty P K , Mishra P , Behera B and Sahoo R K, (2019). Changes in sediment texture by turtle mass nesting at Rushikulya rookery, Indian Journal of Geo Marine Sciences Vol.48 (03), pp. 280-282.
  • Pradhan U K, Naik S, Begum M, Sujith S, Panda U S, Mishra P, Ramana Murthy M V, (2018). Marine litter: post-flood nuisance for Chennai beaches. Current Science, 115(8), pp.1454-1455.
  • Mishra P, Panda U S, Pradhan U K, Saravana Kumar C, Naik S, Begum M, Ishwarya J, (2015). Coastal water quality monitoring and modelling off Chennai city.  Procedia Engineering, 116, 955 - 962.
  • Pradhan U K, Mishra P, Mohanty P K and Behera B, (2015). Formation, growth and variability of sand spit at Rushikulya River mouth, South Odisha coast, India. Procedia Engineering, 116, 963 - 970.

S.No Name Designation Specialization E-mail
1 Dr. Pravakar Mishra Scientist- F coastal processes and shoreline management studies is coordinating the Prediction of coastal water quality, Marine Litters and Microplastics mishra[at]nccr[dot]gov[dot]in

Dr. Rabindra Kumar Sahoo

Scientist- D

Observation & analysis of oceanographic data, Coastal hydrodynamics, sediment transport, Physical Oceanography


3 Mr. P. Senthil Kumar  Project Scientist-III Ocean Observation  psenthila[at]nccr[dot]gov[dot]in
4 Dr. D. Bandyopadhyay Project Scientist-II Phytoplankton physiology, Phytoplankton pigment chemistry debasmita[at]nccr[dot]gov[dot]in
5 Dr. B. Charan Kumar Project Scientist-II Marine plankton ecology, Ecosystem processes charan[at]nccr[dot]gov[dot]in
6 Dr. Umakanta Pradhan Project Scientist-II Physical Oceanography, Coastal processes and Numerical modeling umakanta[at]nccr[dot]gov[dot]in
7 Mr. Subhasis Pradhan Project Scientist-II Physical Oceanography subhasis[at]nccr[dot]gov[dot]in
8 Ms. AthanVashi Project Scientist-I Marine Biology, Phytoplankton pigment avashi[at]nccr[dot]gov[dot]in

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