About the speaker:
Dr. Shailesh Nayak is currently ‘Distinguished Scientist' in the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, and President, International Geological Congress. He obtained PhD degree in Geology from the M.S. University, Baroda in 1980. He was the Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, during August 2008-2015, and provided leadership for programmes related to earth system sciences. He has been credited with launching many research programmes related to monsoon, air-sea interaction, changing water cycle, atmospheric chemistry, coastal vulnerability, climate services, polar science, etc. with US, UK, Germany, Japan, Australia, Norway, South Korea. His restructuring meteorological activities in the country led to an improved weather and hazard related services. He had set up the state-of-the-art tsunami warning system for the Indian Ocean in 2007 in just two years, providing tsunami advisories to the Indian Ocean Rim countries. He pioneered in the development of algorithms and methodologies for application of remote sensing to coastal and marine environment and generated baseline database of the Indian coast.
He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru and the National Academy of Sciences, India, Allahabad. He has been awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by various Universities in India. Recipient of the prestigious ISC Vikram Sarabhai Memorial Award 2012, Bhaskara Award 2009, Fellowship of the International Society of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ISPRS) and Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), Dr. Nayak has published about 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals.