A Regional Committee for Census of Marine Life in the Indian Ocean (IO-CoML) was established in 2003 with support from the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) and the UN Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). The National Institute of of Oceanography in Goa, India houses the Secretariat for the IO-CoML.
Committee Chair: Mohideen Wafar, National Institute of Oceanography, India
Dr. Wafar is a scientist with the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Goa, India, where he researches the management of critical marine habitats and protection of their biodiversity. His prior research interests include biological and chemical cycles, such as nitrogen recycling in tropical marine ecosystems, and deep water circulation. He received his PhD in Biological Oceanography from the University of Paris.
IO-CoML Secretariat Contact: Dr. P. A. Lokabharathi
For more information, visit the IO-CoML website: http://www.iocoml.org/
India supports a Regional Node for the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). It is jointly hosted by the National Chemical Laboratory and National Institute of Oceanography. Contact Vishwas Chavan.
The full workshop proceedings, including scientific papers from the participating countries, was published as the Indian Journal of Marine Science (IJMS) Special Issue on Coastal and Marine Biodiversity of the Indian Ocean (Vol. 34, No. 1, March 2005). To purchase the full volume, visit the NISCAIR home page.