Narmada Estuary - 2000 and beyond
This study was conducted to examine water quality of the estuary in an attempt to evaluate the eventual changes that can be expected to have taken place during the last two decades of the second millennium. The project was mainly aimed at collecting data and information on physical, chemical, biological, socio-economic and management aspects of Narmada estuarine region. The above parameters determine the quality of water, particularly, physico-chemical parameters, phytoplankton and zooplankton to indicate the change in the water quality. The study will serve as a baseline to develop Decision Support System for the assessment and sustainable management of critical habitat resources - both environmentally and socially.
Development of environmental indicators for Gulf of Kachchh
The aim of this project sponsored by the World Bank through Gujarat Institute of Development Research (GIDR) was to identify suitable environmental indicators for coastal zone of Gujarat. An attempt was made to interpret the parameters like dissolved oxygen, biological oxygen demand and zooplankton utilizing available data on coastal waters of Gujarat from various agencies.
Surat Port Study - Paleoecology of Swally Hole Area
The aim of this project was to discover the location of the early port at Swally Hole (or Swally Marine), together with the topography of the local area, near the present day city of Surat. The project comprised the material remains concerning the early European presence in Surat to locate the original harbour and the paleoecology of the Swally Hole area. The biomarkers such as Foraminifera and pollen grains were separated from the sediment samples in the study area and subjected to 14C technique for age determination. Comparison was made between 18th century old and new maps and toposheets to examine the eventual shoreline shift during the last 4 centuries.
Rapid Assessment of earthquake damage in the coastal and marine areas of Gujarat
The earthquake that shook the whole state on 26 January 2001 severely affected 8 districts. Among them five (Kachchh, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Junagadh and Bhavnagar) districts are lying in the coastal belt. These coastal districts have ecologically important habitats like coral reefs, mangroves, mudflats, creeks, estuaries etc. During the quake, various geomorphological and ecological changes occurred in these natural habitats. The coastal districts are also marked by important industrial centres like Jamnagar, ports of Kandla, Pipavav, Navlakhi, and fisheries centres like Jakhau and Veraval. To assess the extent of damage a rapid survey was carried out at all the affected coastal districts.
Marine Ecological Study in the Arabian Sea Along West Saurashtra Coast
Marine Ecological Study in the Arabian Sea Along West Saurashtra Coast included compilation and collation of information on distribution, abundance, and habitats of and threats to marine mammals, birds, herpetofauna, fish, mangroves and corals in the Arabian Sea along the Saurashtra coast of Gujarat.
Impact of industrial pollution on microbial diversity of Narmada estuary region of Gujarat
To study "Impact of industrial pollution on microbial diversity of Narmada estuary region of Gujarat" is undertaken by the GES in collaboration with R&B school of Bioscience of Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidhyanagar. The three years project is sponsored by Department of Science & Technology. The main aim of the project is to determine microbial indicators of industrial pollution and microbial diversity indices in the sediment and water of Narmada estuary.
A 3 Year Project
A 3 year project on Impact of Industrial pollution on coastal and marine ecosystem of Gulf of Kachchh between Dwarka and Rozi beyt
, Sponsored by MoES, New Delhi. Major emphasis is to assess the health of ecosystem especially the mangroves and critical habitat in response to air pollution.
A 3 Year Project in South Gujarat
A 3 year project on Impacts of Industrial Pollution on coastal and marine ecosystem in South Gujarat
, Sponsored by MoES, New Delhi. The main objectives of this project are to assess the water, sediments and impact of heavy metal pollution on mangroves in seven estuaries of the South Gujarat coast.
Sponsored by IUCN India Country
Community based conservation of Mangroves for the better quality of life
Sponsored by IUCN India Country. The project aims to empower coastal village community through institutional strengthening and play an important role in long term mangrove conservation. The project also aims to create awareness for the sustainable use of mangroves.