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Integrated Coastal and Marine Area Management (ICMAM) aims to apply scientific tools and techniques in addressing problems like erosion and ecosystem changes and Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System (COMAPS) programme aiming to monitor the levels of marine pollutants in the seas around India.

The ICMAM programme has been operating on a project mode since 1998. The projects being implemented include preparation of Model ICMAM plans, GIS-based information for critical habitats, determination of waste assimilation capacity, development of EIA guidelines, determination of ‘no impact zone’, determination of use classification for coastal waters, shoreline management plans for selected locations, ecosystem modelling for coastal habitats, marine ecotoxicology and storm surge inundation modelling. These programmes of national importance and social relevance are being continued in project mode. In order to provide a long-term organisational framework to continue this programme, the Project Directorate is being renamed as Coastal Research Centre. The centre requires adequate building space to operate the programmes. This would also attract more interaction by research communities at the national and inter-national level with the centre, to enhance the countries capabilities in addressing the challenging the problems prevailing in the coastal zone.

It has been proposed to give a major fillip to the socially relevant scientific programmes such as seawater quality monitoring, prediction of levels of pollutants, ecosystem modelling, and marine ecotoxicology.

The major projects are as follows:

  1. Monitoring and prediction of health of estuarine and coastal waters.
  2. Habitat specific water quality criteria
  3. Ecosystem modelling
    Last Updated On 06/13/2014 - 17:22
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