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.

Considering his contributions to the understanding of the physical oceanography of the waters around India, in 2007, he was elected as Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences. He has authored/co-authored more than 70 research papers in journals of international repute. His professional Interests include Observational oceanography, ocean currents, impact of oceans on monsoons and satellite oceanography. Currently, he is a recognised Ph. D. guide at Goa University.

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
Scientist-G, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa.
Scientist-F, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa.
Scientist-EII, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa.
Scientist-EI, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa.
Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Miami, Miami, USA.
Scientist-C, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa.
Scientist-B, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa.
Trainee Scientist, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa.
Junior Research Fellow - CSIR, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Kochi.
Other Contributions

Membership of Academic/Professional Bodies
  • Member, Governing Council, Ocean Society of India, Kochi.

  • Jt. Secretary, Goa Vidnyan Parishath, Goa, 2006-2009.

  • Vice president, Ocean Society of India, Kochi, 2006-2008.


  • 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 70 publications, including the following:

  1. Amol P., Shankar D., Aparna S.G., Shenoi S.S.C., Fernando V., Shetye S.R., Mukherjee A., Agarvadekar Y., Khalap S., Satelkar N.P., Observational evidence from direct current measurements for propagation of remotely forced waves on the shelf off the west coast of India (2012) Journal of Geophysical Research C: Oceans, 117 (5), art. no. C05017

  2. Chacko N., Ravichandran M., Rao R.R., Chandra Shenoi S.S. An anomalous cooling event observed in the Bay of Bengal during June 2009 (2012) Ocean Dynamics, 62 (5), pp. 671-681.

  3. Joseph S., Wallcraft A.J., Jensen T.G., Ravichandran M., Shenoi S.S.C., Nayak S. Weakening of spring Wyrtki jets in the Indian Ocean during 2006-2011(2012) Journal of Geophysical Research C: Oceans, 117 (4), art. no. C04012

  4. Srinivasa Kumar T., Nayak S., Kumar P., Yadav R.B.S., Kumar A., Sunanda M.V., Uma Devi E., Shenoi, S.S.C. Performance of the tsunami forecast system for the Indian Ocean (2012) Current Science, 102 (1), pp. 110-114.

  5. Neetu S., Suresh I., Shankar R., Nagarajan B., Sharma R., Shenoi S.S.C., Unnikrishnan A.S., Sundar D. Trapped waves of the 27 November 1945 Makran tsunami: Observations and numerical modeling (2011) Natural Hazards, 59 (3), pp. 1609-1618.

  6. Mahendra R.S., Mohanty,P.C., Srinivasa Kumar T., Shenoi S.S.C., Nayak S.R. Coastal Multi-hazard vulnerability mapping: A case study along the coast of Nellore District, East Coast of India (2011) Italian Journal of Remote Sensing / Rivista Italiana di Telerilevamento, 42 (3), pp. 67-76.

  7. Vialard J., Terray P., Duvel J.-P., Nanjundiah R.S., Shenoi S.S.C., Shankar D. Factors controlling January-April rainfall over southern India and Sri Lanka (2011) Climate Dynamics, 37 (3), pp. 493-507.

  8. Shenoi S.S.C. Intra-seasonal variability of the coastal currents around India: A review of the evidences from new observations (2010) Indian Journal of Marine Sciences, 39 (4), pp. 489-496.

  9. Shankar D., Aparna S.G., McCreary J.P., Suresh I., Neetu S., Durand F., Shenoi S.S.C., Al Saafani M.A. Minima of interannual sea-level variability in the Indian Ocean (2010) Progress in Oceanography, 84 (3-4), pp. 225-241.

  10. Shenoi S.S.C., Nasnodkar N., Rajesh G., Joseph K.J., Suresh I., Almeida A.M. On the diurnal ranges of Sea Surface Temperature (SST) in the north Indian Ocean (2009) Journal of Earth System Science, 118 (5), pp. 483-496.

Contact Address:

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