'Map vulnerable areas to identify causes of nature's fury'

Addressing a two-day national-seminar on coastal hazards, resources and management organised by Department of Marine Geology in Mangalore university, he said there is a need for more advanced researches in the marine geology. Pointing out the need to reduce human hazards, he said there is a need to safeguard bio-diversity.

Prof Murthy released a book ‘abstract volume’ of the seminar at the programme. Former professor of marine geology (Mangalore University) Dr K R Subrahmanya, Scientist from Geological Survey of India Venkatesh, marine and geology department Chairman Dr C Krishnayya, Convener Dr K S Jayappa, Co-convener Shivanna were also present.

Less vulnerable

Former professor of marine geology in Mangalore University Dr K R Subrahmanya said that there is a need to stop construction activities on the seashore on Mangalore coastline.

He said “Tannirbavi area in Mangalore is very less vulnerable to tsunami kind of incidents while Ullal area is more, overall it is less compared to other parts of the world.”

“Construction of port, sea walls and others activities will affect the the sea.  We are witnessing a drastic change in the rise of sea-level over the last few years. At the same time, coastal pollution and explotation of sea has also increased. Sea was once the only domain of millions of fishermen. However, now the tides are used to produce electricity,” he added.

Geological Survey of India Scietnst Venkatesh said: “We lack permanent solutions to control the exploitation of sea. Trade and tourism, man made pollution and other aspects should be monitored effectively.  The CRZ aims at curbing the activties on the coastline,” he added.

Geological Survey of India Scinetits Venkatesh and senior geologist A C Dinesh handed over a copy of software— bAd Calculator— to VC Prof T C Shivashankar Murthy at the programme.

The software developed by Geological Survey of India senior geologist A C Dinesh, is a comprehensive software for the calculation of bearing, azimuth, length and drainage (stream) basin parameters like stream orders, confluence points and drainage density.

The ‘bAd calculator’ is dedicated to those who are engaged in the study of drainage basin analyses in the country.

The two-day national seminar witnessed 17 invited speakers and presentation of over 30 research papers.

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