Category Archives: Indian Ocean

Mass bleaching of Sri Lanka coral reefs

Friday, July 1, 2016

Originally Published in ECONOMYNEXT


Higher than normal ocean temperatures off Sri Lanka’s coast is threatening to damage the best coral reefs in the island, according to surveys done by marine scientists of the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA).

“Underwater surveys shows widespread bleaching or whitening along the reefs, especially in shallow depths (of less than 10 meters) in the south and south west coast and also reported in Jaffna and Bar Reef in Kalpitiya,” a statement said.
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NASA measures India’s deadly flooding rains

Original Article: Link

November 17, 2015 by Rob Gutro

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An analysis of rainfall data from Nov. 9 to 16, 2015 showed up to 550 mm (21.7 inches) of rain drenched India’s southeastern coast in the state of Tamil Nadu. Over 200 mm (7.9 inches) fell in large areas of southeastern India and northern Sri Lanka. Credit: NASA/JAXA/Hal Pierce


During the past week extreme rainfall from two slow moving tropical low pressure areas caused severe flooding in southeastern India. One of the lows, designated System 97B continued to linger along the southeastern Indian coast on November 17. As System 97B and another low pressure area dropped heavy rainfall, NASA and partners around the world gathered data using an array of satellites.

The flooding has caused as many as 70 reported deaths. The city of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu were hit exceptionally hard, as 59 people were reported killed there.

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Sri Lanka to study whales

[November 01 2015]

Original Article at Sunday Observer: Link


Sri Lanka, known for its well-established whale watching industry, will take up a study on whales.

This was decided by the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers which met in Pandang, Indonesia, during October 20-23. Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, represented Sri Lanka.

The research project, called the non-economic value of the whale watching industry in Sri Lanka, would cover issues concerning conservation and management. The IORA Centre of Excellence, housed at the Institute of Policy Studies, would take up the study, Grace Asirwatham, Director General (Economic Affairs Division) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said.

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