Department Profile  





































Center for Studies on Bay of Bengal Profile

A Brief Introduction:

The Andhra University, having realized the importance of natural resources of the coastal, near and off shore environments, climatic conditions, marine food and agricultural products, aqua culture and placers of the Bay of Bengal region, has established an advanced research center exclusively to study the Bay of Bengal and its environs. The Center as per the resolutions of the EC of Andhra University was initiated in June 2004 in the erstwhile glass technology laboratory building.

Year of Establishment : June 2004

College: AU College of Science & Technology, Andhra University

Thrust Areas of Research

  • Potential Fishing Zone studies using satellite remote sensing data.
  • Ocean state forecast studies
  • Integrated Process response characteristics of coastal regions.
  • Ocean colour retrieval from satellite data under SATCORE
  • Modelling of coastal Ecosystems
  • Application of Geospatial technologies in the management of wetland ecosystems.
  • Mineral and Chemical finger printing of beach placers
  • Algal blooms of east coast of India
  • Air-sea fluxes of CO2 vis-à-vis impact of physical and biogeochemical processes.
  • Development of Village information system for nation development and resources management
  • Capacity building in ocean and nearshore studies, natural resource management, Geospatial technologies, CO2 fluxes, Remote sensing applications in resource and process management.
  • Documentation in terms of Hand Books, Reference Manuals, etc.



Name of the Research Project

Funding Agency / PI

Cost (Rs.)



INCOIS – MFAS Research Project entitled “Impact of ocean parameters on fishery resources and development and validation of regional algorithms for ocean colour constituents off Visakhapatnam coast”

INCOIS, Hyderabad

Prof. K. Sree Ramulu, Dept. of Zoology, AU




NRSC Research Project entitled “Air-sea fluxes of CO2 from the coastal Bay of Bengal: Influence of physical and biogeochemical processes”-

NRSC, Hyderabad

Dr. BBV Sailaja
Dept. of Inorganic & Analytical  Chemistry, AU




DST Sponsored Research Project “Sir Arthur Cotton Geospatial Chair Professor”

DST, New Delhi

Prof. P. Rajendra Prasad,
Dept. of Geophysics
Andhra University




MoES Project entitled “Shallow water benthic communities and food-web dynamics: A case for Kakinada Bay and Coastal Andhra Pradesh”

MoES, New Delhi

Prof. B.V. Sandeep
Dept. of Zoology, AU




INCOIS COSF Sponsored Research Project entitled “Validation, Dissemination and Refinement of Location-Specific Coastal Ocean State Forecast System”

INCOIS, Hyderabad

Prof. P. Bhanu Murthy, Dept. of Geology, AU




IRSES (International Staff Exchange Scheme) Marine Curie Action European Commission Project

Prof. Y. Prabhakara Rao,
Dept. of Zoology




DST – NRDMS sponsored project entitled “ Development of the framework for Networking Programme on “Village Information System (VIS)”

DST, New Delhi

Prof. P. Rajendra Prasad,
Dept. of Geophysics
Andhra University




DST – NRDMS sponsored project entitled “Development of the framework for networking Programme on “Village Information System (VIS)”

DST, New Delhi

Prof. P. Rama Rao, 
Dept. of Geophysics
Andhra University




DST – NRDMS sponsored project entitled “Development of the framework for networking Programme on “Village Information System (VIS)”

DST, New Delhi

Prof. V. Valli Kumari
Dept. of Computer Science & Systems Engineering
Andhra University



Note:  The 14 sub-projects under DST NRDMS Major Research Project entitled “Geo-Spatial Technologies: Restoration of Kolleru Lake Ecosystem” have been just concluded in June, 2016 and hence not listed.

Number of Staff involved: Important research work and the person or team of persons working on it

  1. Prof. K. Nageswara Rao, Dept. of Geo-Engineering, AU
  2. Prof. B. Hema Malini,  Dept. of Geography, AU
  3. Prof. N.V.B.S.S. Prasad, Dept. of Geophysics, AU
  4. Prof. K.V.V. Satyanarayana, Dept. of Geophysics, AU
  5. Dr. M. Subrahmanyam, Dept. of Geophysics, AU
  6. Prof. G. Jaishankar, Dept. of Geo-Engineering, AU
  7. Prof. V. Venkateswara Rao, Dept. of Geo-Engineering, AU
  8. Prof. P. Rama Rao, Dept. of Geophysics, AU
  9. Prof. P. Bhanu Murty, Dept. of Geology, AU
  10. Prof. S.S.V.S. Ramakrishna, Dept. of Meteorology & Oceanography, AU
  11. Prof. O.S.R.U. Bhanu Kumar, Dept. of Meteorology & Oceanography, AU
  12. Prof. K.V.S.R. Prasad, Dept. of Meteorology & Oceanography, AU
  13. Prof. Y. Prabhakara Rao, Dept. of Zoology, AU
  14. Prof. A.V. Raman, Marine Biological Laboratory, AU
  15. Prof. C. Kalavathi, Dept. of Zoology, AU
  16. Prof. S. Bala Prasad, Dept. of Civil Engineering, AU
  17. Prof. S. Ramakrishna Rao, Dept. of Civil Engineering, AU
  18. Prof. P. Rajendra Prasad, Dept. of Geophysics, AU
  19. Prof. K. Gopala Reddy, Dept. of Meteorology & Oceanography, AU
  20. Prof. M.S. Prasada Rao, School of Chemistry, AU
  21. Dr. BBV Sailaja, School of Chemistry, AU
  22. Prof. K. Sree Ramulu, Dept. of Zoology, AU
  23. Prof. C. Annapurna, Dept. of Zoology, AU
  24. Prof. E.U.B. Reddi, Dept. of Environmental Science, AU
  25. Dr. G.V.S. Poornachandra Rao, Scientist (Retd.), National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad
  26. Prof. A.S.R. Swamy, Dept. of Geology, AU
  27. Prof. M. Jagannadha Rao, Department of Geology, AU
  28. Prof. K. Kameswara Rao, Dept of Environmental Sciences, AU
  29. Prof. M. Prasada Rao, Dept of Environmental Sciences, AU
  30. Prof. V. Valli Kumari, Dept. of Computer Science & Systems Engineering, AU
  31. Dr. P. Shyamala, Department of Physical, Nuclear Chemistry & Chemical Oceanography, AU
  32. Sri B. Ananda Gajapathi Raju, Dept. of Geophysics, AU

Supporting Staff:

  1. Sri B. Raju, Stenographer Grade-I (deputed from S.III Section)
  2. Sri K. Kalyan, Attender (deputed from S.III Section)


The Center with a focus on a multi disciplinary approach defines its mission statement as follows:

  • Evaluation of living and non-living natural resources of the coastal and near shore regions of Bay of Bengal and assess their sustainable levels.
  • To understand the local and remote processes of the coastal regions and oceans.
  • To understand, characterize and predict the extreme events, like storm surges, tidal waves, cyclones, tsunamis etc.
  • To utilize the scientific acknowledge for the socio-economic benefits of the coastal population and its development.
  • To foster the concept of indigenous technology, in instrumentation, data collection, analysis and interpretation.
  • To promote the popularization of science and its role in development and economy and awareness on mitigation and preparedness to handle the extreme events among the coastal population, public and government officials.


  • Collaborative Research (Through Interdisciplinary & Multi departmental/ Institutional)
  • Design and Development of contemporary areas of research programmes (Through Brain storming sessions, workshops/ training programmes)
  • Capacity building

                        -  Research fellows training
                        -  Semi skilled worker training
                        -  Development of sate of the art analytical facilities in

  • Novel and Innovative Programmes in the concept of ‘Earn while you learn’ for the benefit of students.
  • Publication of Books and Manuals

Sensitizing Society/Community Development programmes: The Center carries out a number of outreach programmes as well as scientific support programmes to support the communities. One such programme being potential fishing zone mapping and dissemination, which is mainly indented for the fisherman community. Further a programme of Ocean state Forecast provides continuous advisories for the benefit of shipping ,industry, ports and ocean going communities including fisherman.

National Facility on ICP-MS and National oceanography equipment repository:

This Center houses major analytical equipment like ICP-Ms and the facilities are extended at very marginal costs to academic and research community. Many institutions and individual researchers located in more than 28 institutions located in many parts of the country have been utilising this facility.

Further a large inventory of oceanographic equipment mostly supported by INCOIS is also being provided to academic and research intuitions from the Center.

Infrastructure & Equipment

  • Wet lab for chemical analyses
  • Analytical equipment lab
  • Wave Rider Buoy Real time Ocean Observation system
  • Permanent GPS station as part of National GPS Network
  • ICP-MS Laboratory
  • High Pressure Liquid Chromotography (HPLC)
  • Auto Titrator
  • Physical Oceanography Equipment- ADCP, Current Meters
  • Spectral Photometer
  • Photogrammetric and Remote Sensing data Analyses Lab
  • Biological and Petrological Microscopes
  • Water and Soil Analyses Laboratory
High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
Spectral Photometer
Auto Titrator
ICP-MS Laboratory

Major collaborating Institutions under MoU: NGRI, INCOIS, NRSC

Major Collaborative programmes: A multi disciplinary multi-institutional collaborative programme on the restoration Kolleru lake ecology using Geospatial technologies.

Part of National GPS net work programme

  • A National Net work programme on the Village Information System
  • Involved in India-EU Water projects-  Design, development and monitoring
  • International Staff Exchange programme- a European Commission support


05/10/2016 :: Center for Studies on Bay of Bengal - PRESENTATION OF AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEYS.

01/10/2016 :: Center for Studies on Bay of Bengal - Digital Aerial Photographic Survey.

26/09/2016 :: Center for Studies on Bay of Bengal - ICPMS User Charges.



Prof. P. Rama Rao
Center for Studies on Bay of Bengal
Andhra University Visakhapatnam - 530 003
Andhra Pradesh, INDIA.
Phone: (O) 0891 - 284 4157; 284 4156; 2796634.
E-Mail: bayofbengalau@yahoo.com; directorbayofbengal@gmail.com


This site is best viewed by Internet Explorer with 1024 * 768 Pixels in High Color (16 Bit). Site Developed & Maintained by
Copyright © 2016 Andhra University. All Rights Reserved; send your Queries/Comments to webmaster@andhrauniversity.edu.in