India in the Antarctic - Scientific and Geopolitical Perspectives

India in the Antarctic - Scientific and Geopolitical Perspectives

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Author: Eminent Contributors
Editor(s): S Chaturvedi / N Khare / P C Pandey
Publisher: South Asia Publishers
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 255
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170032873


The pursuit of science in the harsh polar environment continues to be the currency of Antarctic geopolitics in the 21st century. The Challenge before India is to proactively respond to both continuity and change in the science-geopolitics interface in the Antarctic. The central argument in this volume is that India not only needs to keep itself at par with international expectations and advances in Antarctic science, but also ensure that her geopolitical presence and performance in the Antarctic Treaty System are both visible and effective.

The frozen continent Antarctica is often called a Pulsating Continent due to its seasonal varying areal extent. This land with many superlatives holds answers to various scientific puzzles and thus provides challenging opportunities for scientists for carrying out research various disciplines of sciences. Such scientific importance was deeply felt by the scientific community and, therefore, in the year 1957—58, the International Geophysical ?Year (IGY) attempted to concentrate scientific research in Antarctica. It brought twelve countries into the region at a massive scale. These countries pooled their resources and launched a coordinated effort to understand the mysteries of this icy-continent. They operated 47 stations south of 60 degrees s Latitude to put aside their political differences for the sake of international cooperation. The tremendous success of the IGY paved the way for the Antarctica Treaty, which ensures freedom of science investigation in Antarctica and also the free exchange of the scientists and scientific data. Many countries started establishing their permanent bases in and around the continent.


SANJAY CHATURVEDI is Reader in Political Science & Coordinator, Centre for the Study of Geopolitics, Punjab University, Chandigarh, India. He was awarded Nehru Centenary British Fellowship & Leverhulme Fellowship at Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, England (1992-95). Dr Chaturvedi’s main research interests are the theory and practice of geopolitics, with special reference to Polar Regions and the Indian Ocean.

NELOY KHARE is the Programme Director (Science) of Indian Antarctic expedition, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean research, Goa. Dr Khare represents Indian in many International Committees governing Antarctic Affairs. He is the recipient of many awards in the field of Micropaleontology.

PREM CHAND PANDEY is the Director, national Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research at Goa. Dr Pandey is the recipient of many awards including Dr Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award in the field of Ocean and Atmospheric Science. He is on the advisory boards of many National / International science programmes including International Polar Year Campaign.






The Antarctic Geopolitics: Continuity and Change

Role of NGOs in Antarctic Geopolitics

State of the Antarctic Environment

Scientific Relevance of Indian Antarctic Programme

Two Decades of Indian Presence in Antarctica Lessons Thereof

An Indian Expedition to South Pole: A Proposal

Pollen Data Retrieved from Terrestrial Deposits Near Schirmacher Oasis, East Antarctica

Significance and Importance of Collocating Permanent GPS and Seismic Observatory at Maitri, Antarctica

Monitoring of Greenhouse Gases and Ozone Over Maitri, Antarctica

Interpretation of Very Low Frequency (VLF) Phenomenon Observed at High Latitude Indian Base Station, Maitri, Antarctica

Space Weather and the Antarctic Geomagnetism

Polar Remote Sensing Using IRS-P4

Is there a Strange Attractor for Antarctic Oscillation?

Human Physiological Research in Antarctica: Role of DIPAS

Need to Compare Antarctic Data with Other Geographical Regions

Perspectives and Accomplishments of the First Indian to Winner Over the South Pole

Looking Ahead: Growing Focus on the Southern Ocean