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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.

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 Universit

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
  • 2008-2009      Scientist-G, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa.
  • 2003-2008      Scientist-F, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa.
  • 1998-2003      Scientist-EII, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa.
  • 1993-1998     Scientist-EI, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa.
  • 1993-1995     Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Miami, Miami, USA.
  • 1988-1993     Scientist-C, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa.
  • 1983-1988     Scientist-B, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa.
  • 1982-1983     Trainee Scientist, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa.
  • 1981-1982     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.


  • AMET University, Chennai awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) in recognition of exemplary services and contributions made in the maritime sector in August, 2016.
  • Elected as Fellow of Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences in January, 2014.
  • 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 81 publications, including the following:

  1. Vishnu, S., P. A. Francis, S. S. V. S. Ramakrishna, S. S. C. Shenoi (2018) On the relationship between the Indian summer monsoon rainfall and the EQUINOO in the CFSv2, Climate Dynamics.
  2. Sandhya, K.G., Murty, P.L.N., Deshmukh, A., Balakrishnan Nair, T.M., Shenoi, S.S.C., An operational wave forecasting system for the east coast of India (2018) Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 202, pp. 114-124
  3. Baliarsingh, S.K., Dwivedi, R.M., Lotliker, A.A., Sahu, K.C., Kumar, T.S., Shenoi, S.S.C. An optical remote sensing approach for ecological monitoring of red and green Noctiluca scintillans (2017) Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 189 (7), art. no. 330.
  4. Mohanty, P.C., Venkateshwaran, P., Mahendra, R.S., Shiva Kumar, Srinivasa Kumar, T., Vinithkumar, N.V., Ramalingam K, Sethuraman R., Raju R., Dharmaraj, S., Prakash, V.D., Ramadasss, G.A., Shenoi, S.S.C. Coral Bleaching Along Andaman Coast Due to Thermal Stress During Summer Months of 2016: A Geospatial Assessment (2017) American Journal of Environmental Protection, 6(1), pp. 1-6.
  5. Murty, P.L.N., Padmanabham, J., Srinivasa Kumar, T., Kiran Kumar, N., Ravi Chandra, V., Shenoi, S.S.C., Mohapatra, M. Real-time storm surge and inundation forecast for very severe cyclonic storm 'Hudhud' (2017) Ocean Engineering, 131, pp. 25-35.
  6. Dhana Lakshmi, D., Murty, P.L.N., Bhaskaran, P.K., Sahoo, Bishnupriya., Srinivasa Kumar, T. , Shenoi, S.S.C., Srikanth, A.S. Performance of WRF-ARW winds on computed storm surge using hydodynamic model for Phailin and Hudhud cyclones (2017) Ocean Engineering, 131, pp. 135-148.
  7. Sunanda M., Uma Devi E., Dipankar Saikia, Srinivasa Kumar, T., Shenoi S.S.C., Recent Advances in the Indian Tsunami Early Warning System(2016), Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy, 82(3), pp. 1005-1012.
  8. Vishnu, S., Francis, P.A., Shenoi, S.S.C., Ramakrishna, S.S.V.S. On the decreasing trend of the number of monsoon depressions in the Bay of Bengal (2016) Environmental Research Letters, 11 (1), art. no. 014011.
  9. Srinivasa Kumar, T., Murty, P.L.N., Pradeep Kumar, M., Krishna Kumar, M., Padmanabham, J., Kiran Kumar, N., Shenoi, S.S.C., Mohapatra, M., Nayak, S., Mohanty, P., Modeling Storm Surge and its Associated Inland Inundation Extent Due to Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Phailin (2015) Marine Geodesy, 38(4), pp 345-360.
  10. Harikumar, R., N. Hithin, Balakrishnan Nair, T.M., P. Sirisha, B. Krishna Prasad, C.Jeyakumar, S. Nayak, Shenoi, S.S.C., Ocean State Forecast Along Ship-routes: Evaluation Using ESSO-INCOIS Real-time Ship-Mounted Wave Height Meter and Satellite Observations (2015) Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology,32, pp. 2211-2222.
  11. Murty,P.L.N., Sandhya,K.G., Bhaskaran,P.K., Josec,F., Gayathri,R., Balakrishnan Nair , T.M., Srinivas Kumar T., Shenoi S.S.C (2014) A coupled hydrodynamic modeling system for PHAILIN cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, Coastal Engineering, 93, pp.71-81

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