Qualification: 
Ph.D, MSc, M.Tech, BSc
madhusoodananms@am.amrita.edu

Dr. Madhusoodanan M. S. currently serves as an Associate Professor at Amrita Centre for Wireless Networks and Applications (AWNA).

He pursued his Ph. D. in Oceanography from Cochin University of Science & Technology. He has 13 years of experience in climate/ocean research and academics and was involved in assessment, management and implementation of research projects addressing climate vulnerability issues.

Major Research interests

  • Climate change & Extreme weather events.
  • Ocean/atmospheric modeling.
  • Land surface processes & ocean-atmosphere interactions.
  • Integrated coastal zone management.
  • Managing multi-disciplinary research teams.
  • Decision Support System.
  • Social service.

Education

  • 2004: Ph. D. in Oceanography
    Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Kerala.
  • 1998: M. Tech. in Atmospheric Science
    Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Kerala.
  • 1996: M. Sc. in Oceanography
    Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Kerala.
  • 1993: B. Sc. in Physics
    Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala.

Awards & Positions

  • Visiting Scientist – Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC), Bergen, Norway, 2010.
  • Awarded POGO-SCOR (Partnership for Observation of Global Oceans – Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research) International Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2008.
  • Qualified CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) for Lecturership and JRF, June 1997 & December 1997 (CSIR-NET).
  • Member – Committee to prepare implementation plan for the operationalization of Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation Modeling and forecasting by IMD – 2013.
  • SERB – Scientific Reviewer in Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Ph.D. thesis examiner – Potsdam Institute of Climatology, Germany.
  • M.Tech. thesis Examiner - Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun.
  • Associate Editor of the topic “Tropical climates: Observation and Modeling” in a community-oriented open-access academic publisher and research network (Frontiers).
  • Moderator of an online discussion portal (http://www.oceanographers.net) where researchers, students, scientists and laymen share information/queries connected to the oceans, atmosphere and climate.
  • Speaker – Panel discussion on “Climate Change, Extreme Events and Environmental Resilience”, organized by Institute of Management in Government (IMG) and United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), Thiruvananthapuram, December - 2014.
  • Keynote speaker - State level consultative workshop on “Implications of Climate Change on Water and Sanitation”, organized by TERI, UNDP and Government of Karnataka, Bangalore, December-2013.
  • Keynote speaker - TERI-KAS “Environmental Governance Dialogue focusing on Indian Coastal and Marine Region”, Goa, April - 2013.
  • Faculty - Training Program for Civil Service Officers on “Climate Change and State Preparedness: Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation", New Delhi, September - 2012.
  • Fellow, Centre for Global Environment Research, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, April 2012 – February 2017.
  • Research Fellow, Physical Oceanography Research laboratory (PORL), Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI), National University of Singapore (NUS), January 2011- March 2012.
  • Scientist, Nansen Environmental Research Centre (NERCI), Cochin, May 2007- November 2010.
  • Research Associate, Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (CAOS), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, May 2004 - April 2007.

Teaching

  • 2017 - Present: Associate Professor
    Amrita Centre for Wireless Networks and Applications (AWNA).
  • April 2012 - 2017: Adjunct Faculty
    Department of Natural Resources, TERI University.
  • April 2008, 2010, 2014: Visiting faculty
    Physical Oceanography and Dynamical Oceanography courses for Naval Officer’s M. Phil. Course.
  • October 2009: Visiting faculty, Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training (CIFNET), Cochin.
    Physical Oceanography course for B. F. Sc. Students.
  • March 2011 & 2012: Conducted training programs on Physical Oceanography and Ocean Modeling for officials from Building and Construction Authority, Singapore.

Professional Appointments

Year Affiliation
April 2012 to Present Fellow, Earth Science & Climate Change Division, The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi.
January 2011 - March 2012 Research Fellow, Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS).
May 2007 - November 2010 Scientist, Nansen Environmental Research Centre (India).
February 2007 ‐ April 2007 Lecturer (in contract), Department of Physical Oceanography, Cochin University of Science and Technology.
May 2004 ‐ January 2007 Research Associate, Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, IISc, Bangalore.

Completed Projects

Role Project Title
Project Manager Study on the effects and impacts of climate change on Singapore - Regional Trends and projections on sea level rise and extreme. Funding Agency - Building & Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore (completed)
Principal Investigator Analysis of air-sea interaction and coupled-variability in the South China Sea using satellite data (Joint project of TMSI and Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology - completed)
Co - Principal Investigator Climate Change and its Impacts on selected Indian Hydrological Systems using Earth System and high-resolution modeling. Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR), Bergen, Norway
Co - Principal Investigator Water Related Effects of Changes in Glacier Mass Balance and River Runoff in Western Himalaya, India: Past, Present and Future
Principal Investigator South China Sea variability - Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI), National University of Singapore
Reviewer Regional Climate change issues and adaptation measures for low lying regions in the context of future sea level rise in India. UNEP & Nansen Environmental Research Centre (India), (completed)

Publications

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Conference Publication Type Title

2016

Journal Article

Dr. Madhusoodanan M.S., Nair, S. K., Nair, P., and Mehajan, R. K., “The role of Boundary Layer Height (BLH) variations on pollution dispersion over a coastal station on the Southwest peninsular India”, 2016.

2015

Journal Article

R. K. Mehajan, Ravi, N., Nair, S. K., and Dr. Madhusoodanan M.S., “On the highly localised convective systems over Jodhpur”, Vatavaran, vol. 39, no. 1, 2015.

2011

Journal Article

Dr. Madhusoodanan M.S. and Thompson, B., “Decadal variability of the Arctic Ocean thermal structure”, Ocean Dynamics, vol. 61, no. 7, pp. 873–880, 2011.[Abstract]


Long-term variability of heat content (HC) in the upper 1,000m of the Arctic Ocean is investigated using surface and subsurface temperature and current data during 1958–2005 compiled by Simple Ocean Data Assimilation. Annual cycle of the Arctic Ocean HC is controlled primarily by the negative and positive excursions in net upper ocean heat flux, while the inter-annual variability is mainly associated with meridional thermal advection from the North Atlantic Ocean. Variability in HC is experienced as a basin-wide cooling/warming in association with the Arctic Oscillation on a decadal time scale. In the first three dominant modes of Empirical Orthogonal Function, the maximum amplitude of HC variability occurs in the Greenland–Norwegian Sea and Eurasian Basin. In general, HC showed increasing trend during 1958–2005 indicating continuous warming with regional variations in magnitude. KeywordsArctic Ocean–Heat content–Ocean warming–Heat budget–EOF More »»

2007

Journal Article

A. N. Balchand, Dr. Madhusoodanan M.S., and Reghunathan, C., “Management Strategies for Urban Coastal Zones: Integrating DPSIR Concepts with GIS Tools in People’s Participatory Programs”, no. 2, 2007.

2006

Journal Article

B. N. Goswami, Venugopal, V., Sengupta, D., Dr. Madhusoodanan M.S., and Xavier, P. K., “Increasing Trend of Extreme Rain Events Over India in a Warming Environment”, Science, vol. 314, pp. 1442–1445, 2006.[Abstract]


Against a backdrop of rising global surface temperature, the stability of the Indian monsoon rainfall over the past century has been a puzzle. By using a daily rainfall data set, we show (i) significant rising trends in the frequency and the magnitude of extreme rain events and (ii) a significant decreasing trend in the frequency of moderate events over central India during the monsoon seasons from 1951 to 2000. The seasonal mean rainfall does not show a significant trend, because the contribution from increasing heavy events is offset by decreasing moderate events. A substantial increase in hazards related to heavy rain is expected over central India in the future.

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2006

Journal Article

B. N. Goswami, Dr. Madhusoodanan M.S., Neema, C. P., and Sengupta, D., “A physical mechanism for North Atlantic SST influence on the Indian summer monsoon”, vol. 33, no. 2, 2006.[Abstract]


A link between the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) and multidecadal variability of the Indian summer monsoon rainfall is unraveled and a long sought physical mechanism linking Atlantic climate and monsoon has been identified. The AMO produces persistent weakening (strengthening) of the meridional gradient of tropospheric temperature (TT) by setting up negative (positive) TT anomaly over Eurasia during northern late summer/autumn resulting in early (late) withdrawal of the south west monsoon and persistent decrease (increase) of seasonal monsoon rainfall. On inter-annual time scales, strong North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) or North Annular mode (NAM) influences the monsoon by producing similar TT anomaly over Eurasia. The AMO achieves the interdecadal modulation of the monsoon by modulating the frequency of occurrence of strong NAO/NAM events. This mechanism also provides a basis for explaining the observed teleconnection between North Atlantic temperature and the Asian monsoon in paleoclimatic proxies.

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Publication Type: Book Chapter

Year of Conference Publication Type Title

2015

Book Chapter

Dr. Madhusoodanan M.S., “Rising Sea”, in Global Sustainable Development Report, 2015.

Publication Type: Report

Year of Conference Publication Type Title

2015

Report

Dr. Madhusoodanan M.S., Bhardwaj, S., Muriki, S. K., G. Kumar, S., Machineni, N., and Singh, K. Nayan, “Climate Modeling for Punjab: in Climate Resilient Green Growth strategies for Punjab”, 2015.

2015

Report

Dr. Madhusoodanan M.S., Bhardwaj, S., Muriki, S. K., G. Kumar, S., Machineni, N., and Singh, K. Nayan, “Climate Modeling for Himachal Pradesh: in Climate Resilient Green Growth strategies for Himachal Pradesh”, 2015.

Publication Type: Conference Paper

Year of Conference Publication Type Title

2011

Conference Paper

P. Malanotte-Rizzoli, Dr. Madhusoodanan M.S., and Tkalich, P., “Seasonal variability of ocean parameters in South East Asia”, in AOGS, Taipei, 8‐12 Aug 2011, 2011.

Publication Type: Conference Proceedings

Year of Conference Publication Type Title

1999

Conference Proceedings

B. A.N, K.J, A., K, R., M.G, S., and Dr. Madhusoodanan M.S., “A multi and interdisciplinary approach in study of estuarine processes in a tropical water body”, Proc. IUGG XXII General Assembly, Birmingham. p. 187, 1999.

1997

Conference Proceedings

Dr. Madhusoodanan M.S. and Balchand, A. N., “ Coastal zone management plans for the central parts of the State of Kerala”, Second Indian National Conference on Harbour and Ocean Engineering. 1997.

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