The Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2) was launched in December 2015 at the culmination of the Indian Ocean Conference at Goa to mark the completion of 50 years of first International Indian Ocean Expedition. The IIOE-2 is a multi-national, multi-institutional programme to advance our understanding of the physical, chemical, biological, geological and climatological aspects of the Indian Ocean to enhance its role on the socio-economy of the region. IIOE-2 has been extremely successful in garnering the interests of International Oceanographic Community to study the different facets of the basin using modern observational tools and models. One of the major emphasis of the IIOE-2 was to translate the knowledge on the Indian Ocean for the benefit of the population residing in the countries on the rim.
The IIOE-2 Steering Committee, that coordinates the activities of IIOE-2, met in Jakarta, Indonesia in March 2018 and in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in March 2019 has decided to organize a Science Conference in March 2020 to discuss the new results emerged/emerging due to the efforts of IIOE-2 since its launch.
The conference aims at assessing the progress and scientific knowledge gained during the last 4 years of IIOE-2 (during 2016-2020). The conference invites presentations focussing but not limited to all six themes of IIOE-2 Science plan (i.e., human impacts and benefits; boundary current dynamics and ecosystem impacts; monsoon variability and ecosystem response; circulation, climate variability and change; extreme events; and discovery of unique physical, geological, biogeochemical and ecological features of the Indian Ocean). It will provide an opportunity for the scientists working on different facets of the Indian Ocean to present their ideas and discuss the outstanding issues, identify the knowledge gaps and plan a way forward to address such issues. Presentations highlighting innovative ideas on "Translating benefits of Science to Society" or with societal implications are encouraged. The "International Indian Ocean Science Conference 2020 (IIOSC-2020)" sponsored by Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Govt. of India, will be held during 16-20 March 2020 in Goa, India co-hosted by National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) Goa, National Centre for Polar Ocean Research ( NCPOR) Goa, Goa University and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) Hyderabad, India.