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First PACT meeting in Goa

The geo blogger Kari Grøsfjeld from the Geological Survey of Norway outside the gate at NCAOR. Photo: Soma Baranwal
The first Indian-Norwegian meeting on Pliocene Arctic Climate Telconnections (PACT) took place at NCAOR in Vasco-da-Gama, Goa from 16th -18th January, 2017.

The Pliocene Arctic Teleconnections project (PACT), extending over a period of four years (2016 to 2020), is supported by the Norwegian Resarch Council's program for Indian/Norwegian collaboration (INDNOR) in collaboration with the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India.

PACT is led by the Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate (CAGE), at the Arctic University of Norway in (UiT). The Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) is partner in the project together with Birbal Sahni Institute for Paleosciences (BSIP), Lucknow in India, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) i Goa i India, University of Plymouth (PU) and Leeds University (UiL) in England.

The meeting was held January 16-18, 2017 at NCAOR. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the work plan of the PACT project. During the next four years, the PACT project will attempt to explore the teleconnection between the Arctic Climate and the Indian and the Australian monsoon system. This will be achieved using data from IODP cores obtained from the mid-Pliocene warm period - around 3 million years ago - when the CO2 levels were as high as at present and temperatures were higher by 2-3 degrees Celsius than at present. The Pliocene warm period presents the best analogue for understanding the impacts of future global warming scenarios.

NCAOR is located by the coast surrounded by palms and gardens. Here; Jochen Knies, Soma Baranwal og Shyam Chand, all from NGU.
The palynology group from BSIP: Vandana Prasad to the left (marine palynology) with PhD student Pranav Raj Tyagi at the right and Anjum Farooqui (reconstruction of vegetation, spores and pollen) in the middle.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Jochen Knies (NGU and UiT-CAGE, Lead PI-Norway), Dr. Giuliana Panieri (UiT-CAGE), Dr. Kari Grøsfjeld (NGU), Dr. Soma Baranwal (UiT-CAGE), Ms. Maja Sojtaric (UiT-CAGE), Dr. Shyam Chand (UiT-CAGE), Dr. Vandana Prasad (BSIP), Dr. Anjum Farooqui (BSIP), Mr. Pranav Tyagi (BSIP), and NCAOR team comprising Dr. Manish Tiwari (Lead PI-India), Dr. Rahul Mohan, Dr. Waliur Rahaman, Dr. Swati Nagar, Mr. Vikash Kumar, Ms. Nibedita Sahoo, and Ms. Priya Lokhande. 
Time for lunch at NCAORs guest house. The food in Vasco-da-Gama is not too strong and was definitively enjoyed by the Norwegians.
Gifts were exchanged. Photo: Soma Baranwal
A balanced vegetarian meal after the visit at NIO was terrific. Thanks to NIO and Dr. Haimanti Biswas.


Not the least a cup of chai tasted lovely. Soma Baranwal  (UiT/Cage) spesialis on the microfossil group foraminifers and stablile isotopes - at the right, with Haimanti Biswas (NIO), specialist  on  the microscopic organisms diatoms. Future collaboration possibilities were discussed.
Sunset at Bogmalo beach.