ESSO - Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services

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Dr. SATHEESH C. SHENOI (Born on 30th May 1958, at Thuravoor in Chertala Taluka of Kerala, Dr. Shenoi completed schooling from the local schools. Graduated in 1978 with Physics major from NSS College, Chertala affiliated to University of Kerala. M.Sc. in Physical Oceanography from School of Marine Sciences, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Kochi (1980). Ph.D. also from Cochin University of Science & Technology, Kochi (1984). Has more than 28 years of research experience in Physical Oceanography.

He played a lead role in Department of Science & Technologies (Govt. of India) Arabian Sea Monsoon Experiment (ARMEX), which changed our traditional view from a passive role for the ocean in monsoonal processes to an active role in the monsoonal air-sea coupling.

He showed that the regional optimization of the algorithm coefficients could improve the estimation of Sea Surface Temperature, over the Indian Ocean, using satellite based infrared sensors by 50%

After the tsunami struck the Indian coast in 2004, he coordinated the research that described quantitatively the tsunami off the Indian coast and enabled an improved estimate of the extent of the tsunami source region.

He was a senior member of the group that carried out hydrographic observations during 1987-1994 to map the seasonal cycle of circulation off the Indian coast. This work facilitated the development of a theoretical framework to explain the seasonal cycle. He also made limited current-meter observations to provide a quantitative description of coastal currents. Prior to joining INCOIS, he was leading a major programme making direct current measurements off the Indian coast to enable a quantitative description of the variability within a season and across years, marking a paradigm shift in our knowledge of the seas around India.

He has authored/co-authored more than 90 research papers in journals of international repute. His professional Interests include Observational oceanography, ocean currents, impact of oceans on monsoons and satellite oceanography.

National Roles:

  • April 2009 - Present     Director , Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, Hyderabad

INCOIS, initially conceived as a provider of operational data and services, has swiftly been transformed into a knowledge and information technology enterprise for the oceanic realm. INCOIS has now become:

  1. A Provider of operational ocean information and advisory services (short term forecast of potential areas of fish abundance and ocean state) to the entire country using advances in Space technology, Ocean Science and ICT. This is acclaimed as a fine example of bridging the Digital Divide and it is being adapted by several countries in the Indian Ocean region.
  2. Observer of Indian Ocean using cutting edge technology, including the Argo profiling floats. INCOIS is the Regional Data Centre and Regional Coordinator of International Argo Project in the Indian Ocean region.
  3. Secretariat of Regional Alliance for Global Ocean Observing System in the Indian Ocean region as well as Regional Data Centre and the Clearing House.
  4. Prime Mover for R&D in frontier area of Ocean-Atmosphere modelling, undertaken in a mission-mode with 15 premier national institutions.
  • 30 July 2015      Director (Additional Charge), (National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai) on 30 July 2015
  • 2015 - 2016      Project Director (Additional Charge) (Integrated Coastal and Marine Area Management), Chennai
  • 2008 - 2009     Scientist G (National Institute of Oceanography, Goa)
  • 2003 - 2008     Scientist F (National Institute of Oceanography, Goa)
  • 1998-2003     Scientist E-II (National Institute of Oceanography, Goa)
  • 1993-1998     Scientist E-I (National Institute of Oceanography, Goa)
  • 1993-1995     Post-doctoral fellow (University of Miami, Miami, USA)
  • 1988-1993     Scientist C (National Institute of Oceanography, Goa)
  • 1983-1988     Scientist B (National Institute of Oceanography, Goa)
  • 1982-1983     Trainee Scientist (National Institute of Oceanography, Goa)
  • 1981-1982     Junior Research Fellow - CSIR (Cochin University of Science & Technology, Kochi)

Other Contributions

Membership of Academic/Professional Bodies

  • Chair Union Commission for Data and Information (UCDI) of IUGG, 2017 - 2020
  • Chair, Indian Ocean Global Ocean Observing System (IOGOOS), 2017 - till date
  • Co-chair of International Indian Ocean Expedition-2 Steering Group (IIOE-2 - SG) of IOC/UNESCO, SCOR & IOGOOS, 2016 - till date
  • Convener, Sectional Committee on Earth & Planetary Science of Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, 2016 - 2018
  • Member, Governing Council, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (KUFOS), Kochi, 2016 - till date
  • Chair, Interim Planning Committee for IIOE-2 (Group of Experts) of IOC/UNESCO, 2015
  • Member, Indian National Commission for the Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU) (individual member of sub-commission on Natural Science), 2015 - to present
  • Member of Sectional Committee on Earth & Planetary Science of Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, 2013 - 2015
  • National Vice-President, Vijnana Bharati, India, 2011- 2015
  • Member, Executive Committee of International Association for Physical Sciences of Ocean (IAPSO)/IUGG, 2011 - till date
  • Member, IUGG Early Career Scientist Award Selection Committee, 2014
  • Vice President, Indian Geophysical Union, 2014 - till date
  • Member, Editorial Board, Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences, 2011 - till date
  • Vice-president, Indian Society for Remote Sensing, Hyderabad Chapter, 2010
  • Vice president, Ocean Society of India, Kochi, 2006-2008


  • National Award in Ocean Science & Technology-2018, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt.of India, 2018
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa), AMET University, Chennai, August, 2016
  • Fellow, Telangana State Academy of Sciences, Hyderabad, 2015
  • Fellow of Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences, Hyderabad, 2014
  • Fellow, Indian Geophysical Union, Hyderabad, 2011
  • Dr. H.N. Sidiqui Memorial Lecture, Indian Geophysical Union, India, 2011
  • Fellow, National Academy of Sciences, India (Allahabad), 2009
  • Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences (Bangalore), 2007


Author/Co-author of more than 90 publications: Click Here to view

Contact Address:

Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services(INCOIS),
"Ocean Valley"
Pragathi Nagar (BO), Nizampet (SO)
Hyderabad - 500 090,
Tel: +91-40-23895000 ; Fax: +91-40-23895001