NCPOR is India’s premier R&D institution responsible for its research activities in the Polar and Southern Ocean realms. The centre has been organising, coordinating and promoting scientific research activities in Antarctica, the Arctic, the Indian sector of the Southern Ocean and the Himalayas. The centre also has a lead role in the geoscientific surveys of the country’s EEZ and extended continental shelf beyond 200 nm, deep-sea drilling through the IODP, to identify the existence of Geoid low in the Indian Ocean, exploration for ocean non-living resources including multi-metal sulfides in mid-ocean ridges.

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