National Workshop on
Achievements of MoES Research Vessels

Understanding, Leveraging and Protecting Oceans


Organised by: National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research
Date: April 16-17, 2020; Venue: NCPOR, Goa

About Us

ESSO-National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR, erstwhile NCAOR) is an autonomous R&D Institution under the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES). NCPOR spearheads the Indian polar and ocean research activities in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, Himalayas, Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean Region. The Indian exploration of Polar Regions started in 1981 with the Antarctic Expedition and expanded its horizon to Southern Ocean research in 2004 and with a bipolar focus on Arctic in 2007 and Himalayan activities in 2013. The Indian scientists have also traversed to the South Pole in 2010 to commemorate the 100 years of the first human presence in the geographic South Pole.

NCPOR is also a nodal agency for major geo-scientific explorations of strategic importance. Since the inception of the institute in 1997, India’s flagship research vessel Sagar Kanya is being managed by NCPOR. The geo-scientific programmes at NCPOR seek to carry out a systematic study of the Ocean realm around India. NCPOR plays lead role in the geo-scientific surveys of the country’s EEZ and its extended continental shelf beyond 200m, deep-sea drilling in the Arabian Sea basin through the IODP, exploration for ocean non-living resources such as the gas hydrates and multi-metal sulphides in mid-ocean ridges.