5TH JOINT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES & CLIMATE CHANGE: ACCOMPLISHMENTS, PLANS AND CHALLENGES

13TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON CLIMATE CHANGE, TERRITORIAL CLASSIFICATION & SOCIO-ECONOMICAL CRISIS

Organizing Committee

Patron

Prof. Dr. P. Duraisamy
Vice-Chancellor – University of Madras
India

Dr. Mario Alberto Rodríguez Casas
Director General – Instituto Politécnico Nacional
Mexico

Conference Conveners

Prof. S.M. Hussain
Head, Department of Geology
University of Madras
Chennai, India

Prof. Roque Juan Carrasco Aquino
President RIISPSURA & Professor
Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigaciones y Estudios sobre
Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo (CIIEMAD), Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN)
México City, Mexico

Prof. R.R. Krishnamurthy
Head, Department of Applied Geology
University of Madras
Chennai, India

Co-Conveners

Prof. S. Srinivasalu
Director, Institute of Ocean Management
Anna University, Chennai, India

Prof. M. Jayaprakash
Department of Applied Geology, University of Madras,
Chennai, India

International Relations

Prof. M. P. Jonathan
Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigaciones y
Estudios sobre Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo (CIIEMAD)
Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN)
México City, Mexico

Organizing Secretaries

Dr. M. Suresh Gandhi
Associate Professor, Department of Geology
University of Madras
Chennai, India

Prof. S.G.D. Sridhar
Professor, Department of Applied Geology
University of Madras
Chennai, India

Dr. M. Thamilarasan
Associate Professor & Head, Department of Sociology
University of Madras
Chennai, India

Organizing Secretary (Technical)

Dr. P. Saravanan
Assistant Professor, Department of Geology
University of Madras
Chennai, India

Prof. N. Rajeswara Rao
Professor, Department of Applied Geology
University of Madras
Chennai, India

Executive Committee

Prof. Víctor Florencio Santes Hernández, Director, CIIEMAD, IPN, México
Prof. Ramesh Ramachandran, Director, Natl. Center for Sust. Coast. Manag., Anna Univ., India
Prof. R. Jaganathan, Dean,Research & Head, Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Madras, India
Prof. S.S. Sundaram, Head, Dept. of History, Univ. of Madras, India
Prof. V. Madha Suresh, Head, Centre for Natl. Haz., Univ. of Madras, India
Prof. K. Jothi Sivagnanam, Head, Dept. of Economics, Univ. of Madras, India
Prof. S. Sumathi, Head, Dept. of Anthropology, Univ. of Madras, India

Organizing Institutes

University of Madras, Chennai, India (UoM) – www.unom.ac.in

One of the oldest Universities in India, the University of Madras is entering 161st year of its existence in 2018-19. The University of Madras, organized on the model of London University, was incorporated on 5th September 1857 by an Act of the Legislative Council of India. The University has as its motto “Doctrina Vim Promovet Insitam” meaning, learning promotes (one’s) innate talent”.

The University has a large teaching-cum-affiliating University with 18 Schools and 87 Departments of post-graduate teaching and research and 116 Affiliated Colleges. The research and teaching functions of the University were enhanced by the Report of the Sadler Commission and the gains were consolidated by the enactment of the Madras University Act of 1923, which governs the University with subsequent amendments made from time to time. The University has signed MOUs with 99 foreign and 25 Indian Universities and also with 21 Industry/Service Organizations. Nearly 141 sponsored research projects funded by various agencies are being carried out in the University departments. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) again reaccredited the University at the “A” level in 2014. The University of Madras was also one among the first five universities in the country to receive recognition from the University Grants Commission as a “University with Potential for Excellence”.

In the nearly 161 years of its existence, the University has made significant contributions to the cause of higher education and research in the country. Many of the alumni who have come out of the portals of the University of Madras and who have made significant contributions to science and society: Sir C.V. Raman, Prof. S. Chandrasekhar, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, Dr. G. N. Ramachandran, Prof. Neelakanta Sastri, Dr.T.M.P. Mahadevan, Dr. C.N. Annadurai and among others.

The University has been a pioneer in many respects in terms of innovation in higher education. As one of the three oldest universities in the country and as an institution which has given birth to practically every University in the Southern states, the University of Madras is conscious of its moral obligation to play a pro-active leadership role for quality in the Indian higher education system. The University continues to strive to contribute to the higher education and research goals of the nation with an awareness of its glorious past and noble traditions and the need for maintaining a high quality and excellence in all its future activities.

Department of Geology, University of Madras, Chennai, India

The Department of Geology was established in the University of Madras in 1952, which was an integral part of the Department of Geology and Geophysics, was established as a separate department in the late 1960s. During the last six and half decades, the Department has made significant contribution in academics and research. The Department has supervised more than 80 Ph.D.s, 100 M.Phils. Scholars and about 700 M.Sc. students in Geology. This department is also recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, which awarded Special Assistance Programme (SAP) under DRS Level-I for the period of 1994-1999. The Department was subsequently awarded Special Assistance Programmes (Phase-II) for the period of 2000-2005. As the Department has executed various multi-research and academic programmes most effectively, the UGC further awarded the COSIST (ASIST) Program (Phase-I) to the Department for Research and Developmental Programmes for the period 2001 to 2006. The Department was also sponsored by DST through FIST Programme for five years from 2002 to 2007 and subsequently DST FIST Phase II from 2012 to 2017 for its Infrastructural Development. Further, the department was awarded DSA by University Grants Commission (UGC) for Research and Development Programmes for the period 2007 to 2012 and DSA Phase II for the period 2013 to 2018.

The Department of Geology is pursuing research in the fields of Micropaleontology, Sedimentology/Sedimentary Petrology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Marine Geochemistry and Ecology, and Hydrogeology. The Department has also been sanctioned several research projects for its faculty from various funding agencies like UGC, DST, MoES, CSIR, INCOIS, UGC - CPEPA etc. The Department offers two years (Four Semesters) M.Sc. Geology and one year (Two Semesters), M. Phil. Geology programmes. It also offers full-time and part-time Research programme leading to Ph.D. degree in different specialized fields of Geology. The Department has produced a number of Ph.D.s and alumni of this Department are occupying eminent positions in National and International Universities, Institutes and Research Organizations.

Department of Applied Geology, University of Madras, Chennai, India

The Department of Applied Geology was established in 1952 as the Department of Geology and Geophysics with Prof. P. R. J. Naidu as the Founder-Head. The Department has been an integral part of the Guindy Campus of the University of Madras and has produced innumerable eminent geologists, scientists, academicians and experts in such diverse fields as Crystallography, Mineralogy and Petrology, Oil and Mineral Exploration, Hydrogeology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Applied Micropaleontology, Coastal Zone Management, Natural Hazards and Disaster Management. The Department is also well equipped with sophisticated instruments and equipment which has enabled the faculty of the Department to undertake various consultancy end-user oriented projects in addition to carrying out major research projects funded by the UGC, DST, Department of Atomic Energy, ISRO, State Planning Commission, the Metro Rail Project etc. The faculty of the Department of Applied Geology have taken several steps to improve the quality of teaching and research over the years. The curriculum is so designed and updated on a regular, periodic basis that the post-graduate students as well M.Phils and Ph.Ds have been able to find important placements both at National as well as International levels. The Department of Applied Geology has been in collaboration with various reputed institutes/universities across the globe such as Kyoto University (Japan), University of Melbourne (Australia), IRD (France), ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Middle East Technical University, Ankara (Turkey), Leuphana University of Luneberg (Germany), and IPN (Mexico) to name a few.

Department of Sociology, University of Madras, Chennai, India

The department of sociology has its historical roots in the Stream of Social Sciences, which was established in 1966 at University of Madras. The department of sociology became autonomous and independent in the year 1976. The department had grown swiftly in academic and research field under many prominent Sociologists as Head of the Department. Now under Dr. M. Thamilarasan, Associate Professor, as a new Head I/C, this department is marching in a giant way to achieve the glories in academic and research field.  The department has produced numerous doctorate and postgraduate degree holders since its inception. At present the department has 13 Research Scholars and 75 Post graduate students. The department has successfully accomplished enormous research projects in several specialization areas which were funded by reputed agencies of India and Abroad.

National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) – www.ipn.mx

Founded in 1936, the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (National Polytechnic Institute, IPN) is the most important public technological higher education center in Mexico. Academic quality is one of our main distinctions: more than 95% of our students are trained in an educational program at a quality level recognized by accrediting agencies. The Institute was founded on the premise of supporting the country’s industrialization and national development process, as well as to offer education opportunities to various social sectors, especially the less favored. In 2004, the IPN undertook a process of institutional transformation to renew its mission.

The essence of our institutional mission is to foster institutional education and knowledge creation capacities in order to contribute to the construction of improved development conditions. This has motivated the design of a new strategy: the Social Integration Model with a two-way interaction between the Institute and society, as well as an improvement of our main functions and the social recognition of our effort.Within the framework of this model, a number of networking actions, national and international cooperation, community service, relationship with alumni, among others, take place and not withstanding their diversity, preserve the guidelines set by the model.The presence of the Institute around the country comes to reality through the daily work of its alumni, both individually and in the organizations they belong to, which currently adds up to 115 Alumni Associations. In present condition, IPN has 177,983 enrolled students in different educational programs of Graduate, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs.

Among the academic institutions IPN has centers focused to Marine Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Medicine, Physical Sciences, Biochemical Sciences, Geosciences, Material Sciences, Nanoscience Centers, Interdisciplinary Studies, Physical Education which are situated in all the regions of Mexico. More than 97 advanced research and technological centers which offers 262 different types of graduate/postgraduate programs are distributed inside/outside Mexico.

Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Environment and Sustainable Development (CIIEMAD): www.ciiemad.ipn.mx

The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Environment and Sustainable Development (CIIEMAD) is an academic research center which does scientific studies in postgraduate level on environmental and social issues, where the focus is mainly on interdisciplinary aspects which could have great benefit for the society. The center is dedicated to research in the environmental technologies, environmental clean-up plans and also in relation to interdisciplinary aspects. The center is dotted with interdisciplinary staff to undertake the research in this region.

The center also participated in projects related to environmental clean-up, environmental technological and social aspects within the city of Mexico and other parts of Mexico. The center also provides postgraduate degrees in Masters (Two Programs) and Ph.D (Two Programs) which is accredited to “The National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT)”, Mexico.

Institute of Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, India

Our mission is to develop sustainable and planned development of the coastal and marine resources achieved through extensive research and capacity building in coastal management, for the benefit of the coastal community and the coastal ecosystems. The overall objective of IOM is to investigate the interactions between biological, chemical and physical aspects of coastal and ocean resources including a socio-economic perspective; with a view to establishing the level of sustainable utilization, and thereafter, stimulating the adoption of scientifically-based integrated coastal and ocean management plans.

The objectives can be summarized as follows:

  • To provide information to decision makers in an integrated form by the evaluation and mapping of physical, geomorphological and biological resources, including societal features, in coastal and ocean areas;
  • To investigate the dynamic processes operating in coastal and ocean areas, including monitoring the impacts of climate change in the coastal ecosystems;
  • To formulate and promote integrated coastal and ocean management strategies with due attention to the risks to, and potential of, coastal and ocean resources and processes;
  • To increase awareness and develop expertise in integrated coastal and ocean resource management by education and training of coastal and ocean resources students, managers and users

Providing technical information on the wise use of coastal resources to the coastal community and the end users is the foundation of IOM’s extension activities. The Institute offers training programmes, short courses, seminars and symposia on a regular basis throughout the year. IOM works with other national and international agencies to impart information, services, and technology to coastal resource managers. This community includes state coastal zone management and natural resource management offices, Officers from the Indian Coast Guard, Ports and Harbors, Universities, NGOs etc. Each of these organizations has the task of helping coastal communities balance the often competing demands for coastal resources. Training to acquire new skills is one of the many ways IOM helps these state and local partners reach their goals. Many IOM training courses are specifically designed for coastal resource managers. Each class uses coastal management-related case studies and data. Some of the short-term courses that is offered by IOM include: Integrated coastal management; Marine resource management; ICM policy and governance; Coastal regulation zone; Environmental management in Ports and Harbors; Water quality monitoring and assessment and Remote Sensing and GIS applications in coastal systems.

Academic & Editorial Committee Members

Akilan, S.T., Dr., Dept. of Sociology, Univ. of Madras, India
Alejandro Rodolfo Malpartida, Dr., Multimedios Ambiente Ecólogico (MAE), Argentina
Anjum Farooqui, Dr., Birbal Sahni Inst. of Paleobotany, Lucknow, India
Antonio Nicolás Gillari, Dr., Multimedios Ambiente Ecólogico (MAE), Argentina
Bhaskaran, G., Associate Prof., Dept. of Geography, & Headi/c, CWRM, Univ. of Madras, India
Carlos Maytín Fumero, Dr., Univ. Nacional Experimental de Cd. Guayana, Venezuela
Ciro Alfonso Mendoza Serna, Dr., Univ. de Manizales, Colombia
Devesh Sinha, Dr., Prof. & Dean, Delhi Univ., Delhi, India
Elango, L., Dr., Dept. of Geol., Anna Univ., Chennai, India
Fermín Carreño Meléndez, Dr., Univ. Autónoma de Estado de México, México
Gowtham, B., Dr., Head, Dept. of Geology, Presidency College, Chennai
Hena Andrés Calderón, Mrs., Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), México
Heriberto Efrén Maldonado Victoria, Mr., Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), México
Hermilo Salas Espíndolam, Dr., Univ. Autónoma Nacional de México, México
Hernando Gil Tovar, Dr., Universidad Sur Colombia, Colombia
Jayalakshmi, D, Dr., Dept. of Sociology, Univ. of Madras, Chennai, India
Jonathan, M.P., Dr., CIIEMAD, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), México
José Alfredo Castellanos Suárez, Dr., Univ. Autónoma de Chapingo, México
Karuppiah, C, Dr., Dept. of Sociology, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India
Kirubakaran Samuel, Dr., Dept. of Sociology, Annamalai Univ., Chidambaram, India
Lakshmunan, C., Dr., Center for Remote Sensing, Bharathidasan University, Trichy, India
Lorenzo Zambrano Salgado, Mr., CIIEMAD, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), México
Luis Alfredo Muñoz Velasco, Mr., Universidad Sur Colombia, Colombia
Malarkodi, N Dr., Dept. of Geol., Bangalore Univ., Bangalore, India
Mirislawa CZERNY, Dr., Universidad de Varsovia, Poland
Mohan, S.P., Prof. (Rtd.) Dept. of Geol., Univ. of Madras, Chennai, India
Muthusankar, G., Dr., Senior Scientist, French Institute of Pondicherry, Pondicherry, India
Nagendra, R., Dr., Dept. of Geol., Anna Univ., Chennai, India
Nathan, N.P., Dr., (Rtd.), Geological Society of India, Chennai, India
Nayak, G.N., Dr., Dept. of Marine Sciences, Goa Univ., Goa., India
Orlando Moreno Pérez, Dr., Univ. Autónoma Nacional de México, México
Pradeep Kundal, Dr., Dept. of Geology, Nagpur Univ., Nagpur, India
Priyadarsi Debajyoti Roy, Dr., Instituto de Geología, Univ. Autónoma Nacional de México, México
Prosenjit Ghosh, Dr., Centre for Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Raja, P. Dr., Sr. Scientist, Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Ooty, India
Raja, P., Mr., Oil & Natural Gas Commission, Chennai, India
Rajeswara Rao, N., Dr., Dept. of Applied Geology, Univ. of Madras, Chennai, India
Rajiv Nigam, Dr., Chief Scientist, National Inst. of Oceanography, Goa, India
Rajiv Saraswat, Dr., Scientist, Geol. Oceanography Div., National Inst. of Oceanography, Goa, India
Rajkumar, P, Dr., Dept. of Sociology, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, India
Ram Kumar, T, Prof. & Head, Dept. of Earth Sci., Annamalai Univ., Chidambaram, India.
Ramkumar Mu, Dr., Dept. of Geology, Periyar Univ., Salem, India
Ram Mohan, V., Dr., Prof. (Rtd), Dept. of Geology, Univ. of Madras, Chennai, India
Ramanathan, A.L., Dr., Prof. & Dean, School of Env. Sci., Jawaharlal Nehru Univ., New Delhi, India
Ramasamy, S., Prof. (Rtd), Dept. of Geology, Univ. of Madras, Chennai, India
Ronald Alejandro Macuacé Otero, Mr., Escuela Superior de Administración Pública, Colombia
Rubén Cantú Chapa, Dr., CIIEMAD, Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), México
Sakthivel, M, Associate Prof., Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Madras, India
Sanjeevi Prasad, S., Assistant Prof., Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Madras, India
Sanjeevi, S., Prof., Dept. of Geology, Anna University
Sampath Kumar, S, Dr., Prof. & Head, Dept. of Sociol. & Popul. Studies, Bharathiyar Univ., Coimbatore, India
Samuel Asir Raj, S, Dr., Prof. & Head, Dept. of Sociology, Manonmaniam Sundaranar Univ., Tirunelveli, India
Saraswathi, P.K., Dr., Prof. Dept. of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India
Sarkar, S.K., Dr., Dept. of Marine Sciences, Univ. of Calcutta, Calcutta, India
Sathaynarayanan, M., Dr., Scientist, National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad, India
Shankar, R., Dr., Dept. of Earth Sciences, Tamil University, Thanjavur, India
Singarasubramanium, S, Dr., Dept. of Earth Sciences, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, India
Sivakumar, R., Dr., Prof. & Head, Presidency College, Chennai
Sridhar, S.D.G., Dr., Dept. of Appl. Geol., Univ. of Madras, Chennai, India
Srinivasamoorthy, K., Dr., Dept. of Earth Sci., Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India
Subramanian, T., Dr., Dept. of Mining Eng., Anna Univ., Chennai, India
Sundara Raj, T, Dr., Dept. of Sociology, Periyar Univ., Salem, India
Suresh Babu, N.R., Dr., Dept. of Sociology & Population Studies, Bharathiyar Univ., Coimbatore, India
Suresh Gandhi, M., Dr., Dept. of Geol., Univ. of Madras, Chennai, India
Suresh, B, Dr., Venkateswara University, Tirupathi, India
Suriyan, K, Dr., Associate Prof. & Head i/c, Dept. of Sociology, Bharathidasan University, Trichy, India
Thamilarasan, M., Dr., Ass. Prof. & Head, Dept. of Sociology, Univ. of Madras, Chennai, India
Venkatachalam, C, Dr., Prof. & Head, Dept. of Sociology, Periyar Univ., Salem, India
Venkatachalapathy, R., Prof. Dept. of Geology, Periyar Univ., Salem, India
Venkateswaran, S, Dr., Prof. & Head, Dept. of Geology, Periyar Univ., Salem, India
Víctor Hugo Ruiz Ortiz, Dr., Univ. Autónoma Nacional de México, México