National Centre for Earth Science Studies (NCESS) has convened a two-days (31/08/2017 & 01/09/2017) brainstorming meeting at its campus in Thiruvananthapuram on SGD. The meeting was organized by a Committee headed by Dr. N. Purnachandra Rao, Director, NCESS as Chairman, Dr. D. Padmalal, Group Head, Hydrological Processes, NCESS as Vice-Chairman and Dr. D. S. Suresh Babu, Scientist-F, NCESS as Organizing Secretary.  The prime objective of the meeting was to build a national team and to develop a common methodology to address the phenomenon of “Submarine Groundwater Discharge”, which is the direct discharge of freshwater to sea through coastal aquifers and also the recirculated sea water that receives carbon, nutrients, metals and other contaminants from land and exchanges with marine environment.

Forty scientists and academicians representing various reputed universities and institutions (CGWB, NIH, IIT-K, NITK-S, NGRI, NIO, NCAOR, NCMRWF, PRL and CWRDM) have participated in this program, apart from three foreign participants from Germany and Australia through Skype and videoconference.

The Brainstorming Meeting decided to submit a mission mode proposal on “SGD Flux from Indian subcontinent and its islands” to the MoES, New Delhi seeking permission for implementation during next five years (2018-2023). A general consensus was arrived at with regard to the project goals, common methodology, deliverables and participating institutions. Further, in order to spearhead the activities related to the network proposal submission and also for monitoring the program after launching, the Brainstorming Meeting proposed a Core Committee with nine members from CGWB, NGRI, PRL, NIH, NCMRWF, JNU, Anna University and NCESS.