GEO Mandate

The Geospatial Sciences Division (GEO) is designed to provide information on the state of the coastal and marine environment through advanced observing and forecasting systems.

The aims of the GEO are to examine the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) to coastal management, coastal and marine monitoring, and hazard assessment. The primary thrust of this division would be to develop a "Shoreline Management Plan" for the coastal states of India, including its Island territories.

A few key examples of scientific studies to be conducted by the GEO Division include:

  • Erosion Mapping Hazard Line Mapping (with inputs from Survey of India)
  • Coastal Geomorphology
  • Sediment Cell delineation
  • Mapping, delineation and demarcation of Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESAs)
  • Mapping, delineation and demarcation of Critically Vulnerable Coastal Areas (CVCAs)
  • Land-use Zoning
  • Coastal protection measures
  • Bathymetry
  • Coastal process studies
  • Sea-Use Zoning


The prime focus of GEO would be to integrate coastal data and information to help guide management efforts such as coastal and marine spatial planning, and coastal zoning to derive science-based strategies towards Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan (ICZMP).