Periodic cyclone effects on Gangetic food web

Periodic cyclone effects on Gangetic food web

Periodic cyclone effects on Gangetic food web 2000 1600 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Estuarine and Coastal Studies Foundation – India

The action will essentially do the short- and long-term assessments of the ecological impacts of the periodic cyclone mediated disruptions of the food web of the Ganges delta of India.

By applying a before-after method it will capture ecological changes of the plankton, benthos and fish communities at various scales of spatial and temporal sampling in the estuarine section of the Ganges River. The project will also focus on the biogeochemical changes that are results of post-cyclonic disruptions. Further what are the consequences on the disruptions meroplankton, benthos and fish that are commercially exploited so that influence the livelihood of the local communities directly and or indirectly in around the city of Kolkata and Indian Sundarban region. The work will generate knowledge that will be shared with scientists, students, policy makers for better monitoring and preparedness to coastal hazards.

This Project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme Mega-Delta

Start date: 01/05/2019
End date: 31/12/2025

Lead Contact: Sourav Paul (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 6- Coastal Resilience, 9- Capacity Development
ocean_basins: Indian Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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