About the Ministry

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is mandated to provide services for weather, climate, ocean and coastal state, hydrology, seismology, and natural hazards; to explore and harness marine living and non-living resources in a sustainable way and to explore the three poles (Arctic, Antarctic and Himalayas).

The Department of Ocean Development (DOD) was created in July 1981 as a part of the Cabinet Secretariat directly under the charge of the Prime Minister and came into existence as a separate Department in March 1982.  The Erstwhile DoD functioned as a nodal Ministry for organizing, coordinating and promoting ocean development activities in the country.  In February, 2006, the Government notified the Department as the Ministry of Ocean Development .

The Government of India further reorganized the Ministry of Ocean Development and the new Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) came into being vide Presidential Notification dated the 12th July, 2006 bringing under its administrative control India Meteorological Department (IMD), Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) and National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF).  The Government also approved the setting up of Earth Commission on the pattern of Space Commission and Atomic Energy Commission.

Contact Details of Headquarter
Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, 
Prithvi Bhavan, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003
Contact Details of Attached Office & Project Office
Attached Office
Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology,
6th Floor, Block-C, Kendriya Bhawan,
P.O. Kochi Special Economic Zone,
Kochi – 2682037

National Center for Seismology,
IMD Campus,
Lodhi Road,
New Delhi - 110003

Contact Details of Attached Office
National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR),
NIOT Campus,Vellacherry-Thambaram Road,
Pallikaranai Village,
Chennai – 600 100
Contact Details of Subordinate Office
Subordinate Office
India Meteorological Department,
MausamBhawan, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi – 110003
National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting,
A-50, Industrial Area, Phase – II,
Sector-62, Noida UP – 201307
Contact Details of Autonomous Bodies
Autonomous Bodies
National Institute of Ocean Technology,
Vellacherry-Thambaram Road,
Pallikaranai Village,
Chennai - 600 100.
National Centre for Polar & Ocean Research,
Headland Sada,
Vasco da Gama,
Goa – 403 804
Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Service,
Ocean Valley, Pragathi Nagar BO,
Nizampet - PO Hyderabad – 500055
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Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology,
HomiBhabha Road, Pashan,
Pune – 411 008.
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National Centre for Earth Science Studies,
Post Box No.7250,
Akkulam, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 011
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