Bay of Bengal Monsoon Workshop

November 16-18, 2011
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Clark Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA 02543

Please contact Amala Mahadevan ( or Amit Tandon ( for more information.

Please register at your earliest convenience (or by September 30)

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This meeting is being convened to assess the state of scientific understanding on the role of upper ocean processes in the Bay of Bengal on the Indian Monsoon. We aim to identify key processes and variables in the Bay of Bengal, whose measurement and quantification could lead to an improvement in understanding and prediction of the Indian monsoon.

There are relatively few simultaneous and comprehensive observations of the upper ocean structure, mixing, and air-sea fluxes in the Bay of Bengal. The region is affected by winds and a large freshwater plume, whose extent and coherence affects surface temperature and the interaction of the ocean with the atmosphere. Observing and quantifying upper ocean processes that affect heat and moisture fluxes to the atmosphere, modeling and parameterizing their effects, will help to improve coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling and prediction efforts. In particular, we seek a better understanding of the high degree of variability in space and time, the active / break cycles, extreme rainfall events, and regional variability in convection and precipitation patterns associated with the Indian Monsoon.


The workshop will consist of a series of theme talks on various topics ranging from monsoonal variability and drivers, air-sea interaction, upper ocean structure and circulation, buoyancy/wind-driven transport, and mixing. These will be followed by working group discussions to identify the critical science questions that can further our understanding of coupled processes leading to intra-seasonal variability.


Please contact Amala Mahadevan ( and Amit Tandon ( for more information and Ellen Bailey ( for registration or logistic matters.


The workshop will bring together a small group of US and Indian scientists to summarize recent results, and to collaboratively formulate key questions needed to make progress.

Invited Speakers

Fairall (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Murtugudde (University of Maryland)
Murty (National Institute of Oceanography, Vishakapatnam, India)
Rao(Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, India)
Ravichandran (Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services, Hyderabad, India)
Riser (University of Washington)
Sengupta (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India)
Seo (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Sharma (Space Applications Centre, ISRO)
Venkatesan (National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India)
Weller (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Wijesekara (Naval Research Laboratory)
Yu (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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