ESSO-INCOIS-Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services

ESSO - Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services

(An Autonomous Body under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India)
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The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) is an autonomous body under the Ministery of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India and was registered as a Society under the Andhra Pradesh (Telangana Area) Public Societies Registration Act 1350 Fasli at Hyderabad on February 3, 1999. The affairs of the Society are managed, administered, directed and controlled, subject to the Bye laws of the Society, by the Governing Council.

The Mission

To provide ocean information and advisory services to society, industry, government agencies and scientific community through sustained ocean observations and constant improvements through systematic and focussed research.

The major objectives of INCOIS are:

  1. To establish Early Warning System for Tsunami and Storm Surges,
  2. To undertake, aid, promote, guide and co-ordinate research in the field of ocean information and services including Satellite Oceanography,
  3. To establish, maintain and manage, hire the systems for data acquisition, analysis, interpretation and archival for Ocean Information and Services,
  4. To carry out surveys and acquire information using satellite technology, ships, buoys, boats, any other platforms and remote sensors, generate information on fisheries, minerals, oil, biological, hydrological, bathymetry, geological oceanography, meteorology, coastal zone management and associated resources and island development, mangroves and associated coastal, forest, soils, wetlands, estuarine mapping, seabed and to undertake studies in marine archaeology, environmental monitoring of India and Antarctica and surrounding oceans and land masses,
  5. To generate and provide data and value added data products to user communities in coastal and ocean areas using space, aerial and conventional sources
  6. To establish Ocean data bank, including acquisition of all data obtained from satellite, air-borne sensors, ships, boats, buoys and field surveys, storage, retrieval, dissemination, evaluation, scrutiny, synthesis, analysis, interpretation of information and providing services and consultancy,
  7. To cooperate and collaborate with other national and international institutions in the field of ocean remote sensing, oceanography, atmospheric sciences/meteorology and weather forecasting centres, coastal zone management, usage of satellite data and data acquisition by all technologically possible means in all allied science fields, subject to that prior approval of the Ministry of Earth Sciences shall be obtained for collaboration with institutions abroad,
  8. To provide support to research centres for conducting investigations in specified areas related to oceanic parameters, ocean atmospheric interaction studies, coastal zone information, synthesis, analysis, data collection and undertake developmental work,
  9. To organise training, seminars and symposia for advanced study and research related to oceanographic parameters, related sciences and technology and in allied fields related to ocean information services,
  10. To publish and disseminate information, results of research, data products, maps and digital information through all technologically possible methods like print, voice or electronic media to users for promoting research and to meet societal needs in improving environmental conditions and living standards, provided that dissemination of data is as per guidelines of the Government of India,
  11. To provide consultancy services in the fields of ocean information and services,
  12. o co-ordinate with all space agencies to ensure continuity, consistency and state-of-the-art quality of ocean data derived from satellite observations,
  13. Generate data, data products, value added data products and market for coastal and ocean applications,
  14. To encourage and support governmental and non-governmental agencies or organizations for furthering ocean and related programmes in the generation of ocean information, and
  15. To undertake all such other lawful activities as may be necessary, incidental or conducive to the attainment and furtherance of all or any of the above objects of the Society.

INCOIS has been striving to address the national agenda with missionary zeal through the following activities:

  • Potential Fishing Zone Advisory Services
  • Ocean and Coastal State Forecast
  • Ocean Observing System
  • Early Warning System for Tsunami and Storm Surges
  • Ocean Modelling
  • Satellite Coastal and oceanographic Research
  • National and Regional Oceanographic Data Centre
  • Web-based Ocean Data, Information and Advisory Services
  • Coastal Geospatial Applications
  • Value Added Services
  • Indian Ocean Global Ocean Observing System

To cater to its mission mandate as well as to ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of the Centre, the institutional framework of INCOIS has been organised into different scientific, technical and management divisions/services, as follows:

  • Modelling and Ocean Observations Group (MOG)

  • Computational Facilities and Web based Services Group (CWG)

  • Advisory Services and Satellite Oceanography Group (ASG)

  • Information Services and Ocean Sciences Group (ISG)

  • Data and Information Management Group (DMG)

  • Executive Support and Services Group (ESSG)

  • Programme Planning and Coordination (PPC)


The Organisation Structure of INCOIS is as shown in the figure below: