Themes

Session Themes and Sub Themes

Hydrometeorology and hydrology

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1.   Weather system changes and their practical consequences 
2.   Hydrological cycles 
3.   Hydrological hazards – flood and extreme drought conditions – societal implications, flood control 
4.   Water conservation; monsoon variability

Natural hazards and disaster risk management

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1.   Natural disasters- cyclone, hurricanes, deluges and drought, tidal waves, storm surges 
2.   Predictability of extreme weather events and environmental tipping points 
3.   Monitoring and surveillance systems 
4.   Risk reduction and disaster preparedness 
5.   Post-disaster management and mitigation strategies

Pollution

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1.   Climate change and environmental pollution 
2.   Green house gas emission trends, sources and impacts 
3.   Risks, remediation methods and techniques pertaining to air, water, soil and plastic pollution

Marine and coastal ecosystems

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1.   Physico-chemical, geological and biological changes 
2.   Nutrient influx and transport
3.   Biological productivity and ocean warming 
4.   Changes in community structure and trophic levels 
5.   Food web structure and functional changes 
6.   Harmful algal blooms 
7.   Ocean acidification and its impact on ocean processes

Changing biodiversity scenarios

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1.   Biodiversity status of major aquatic ecosystems; biodiversity loss 
2.   Extinct, threatened or endangered species and their rehabilitation and conservation 
3.   Habitat fragmentation and loss 
4.   Biodiversity changes due to migration 
5.   Biodiversity based economy, humanwell being and livelihood security

Capture fisheries

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1.   Dwindling catches of commercially important species 
2.   Regime shifts-vertical and high latitude-wise 
3.   Phenological changes in fishes 
4.   Species extinction, overfishing and fishery collapses, restoration of stocks 
5.   Trophic cascading effects 
6.   Sustainable resource management 
7.   Invasive species 
8.   Reduction of carbon footprint in fisheries

Aquaculture

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1.   Ecological and environmental changes-water and soil quality, carrying capacity, nutrient dynamics, waste management, climate resilient species and innovative farming systems 
2.   Selective breeding for higher temperature and salinity tolerant species 
3.   Threats to aquafarms and production loss 
4.   Carbon foot print reductions in aquafarms; introduction of cleaner and greener technologies 
5.   Impacts of feeds, fishmeal, feed ingredients 
6.   Combating potential diseases

Food and nutritional insecurity

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1.   Dependence on fisheries and aquaculture for food and livelihood security 
2.   Responsible utilisation of fish – hygiene and primary processing, value addition 
3.   Diversification in fishery products, trends in trade and consumption of fish 
4.   Global and regional supply and demand trends and prospects 
5.   Food fish consumption and pricing trends 
6.   Climate linked geopolitical and economic consequences of food security 
7.   Climate change induced food borne diseases

Climate change and socio-economic scenarios

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1.   Economic and social costs of climate change 
2.   Socioeconomic status of coastal communities 
3.   Vulnerability, livelihood and employment security 
4.   Coastal infrastructure and living standards 
5.   Adaptive capacity and mitigation measures