Research and Development
Research and development is one of the key cornerstones of this project. Knowledge generation through scientific intervention can improve upon the coastal ecosystem to a certain extent.
IESWM has undertaken several research activities related to ICZM which includes:
- Study of coastal dynamics
- Ecosystem modelling of the Sundarban estuary
- Sediment cell analysis along the coastal stretch of the state of West Bengal.
- Erosion / Deposition along major estuaries
- Changes in land use and land cover
- Changes in floral composition of mangroves
- Changes in land cover due to change in management practices
- Changes in saline incrustation pattern
- Sea level rise and shoreline changes
- A modest beginning has also been made in the study of carbon sequestration and in regional model generation on sea level rise.
Dept of Bio-chemistry, Calcutta University has been entrusted under the ICZMP with cataloguing the microbial diversity of the Sundarban.
MARC, Zoological Survey India Laboratory at Digha has been strengthened to do some fundamental work related to the marine flora and fauna available at the Gangetic estuary and Bay of Bengal.