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Conference on Climate Change: Shifting Science and Changing Policy


14 October 2011

Phirozeshah Mehta Building , Mumbai University ,

Vidyanagari, Kalina, Mumbai

Session 2: Changing Sea Level


  • Prof. Nils-Axel Morner: Sea Level Changes in the Indian Ocean: Observational facts (Biography)
  • Dr. Nils Finn Munch-Petersen: Marketing normal atoll dynamics as sea rise effects in the Maldives (Biography
  • Dr. Yuanzhi Zhang: Impact of sea level change on coastal erosion and flooding: A case in Hong Kong (Biography
  • Dr. A.S. Gaur: Shorelines changes and sea level fluctuations along Gujarat coast (Biography)

Biography of the Speakers

Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner


Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner has worked with sea level problems for 40 years in areas scattered all over the globe. As head of the unit of Paleogeophysics & Geodynamics at Stockholm University, he worked with many different geological-geophysical problems. He organized two major international conferences; one on “Earth Rheology, Isostasy and Eustasy” in 1977, and one on “Climatic Changes on a Yearly to Millennial Basis” in 1983. He has run several international field excursions through Sweden. He was President of the INQUA Commission on Neotectonics (1981-1989) and President of the INQUA Commission on Sea Level Changes and Coastal Evolution (1999-2003). He headed the INTAS Project on Geomagnetism and Climate (1997- 2003). In 2000, he launched an international sea level research project in the Maldives.


Dr. Morner has written 546 scientific papers, and 10 books. Among his numerous publications, one may note the studies on: the interaction among isostasy and eustasy, the oscillating regional eustatic curve of NW Europe, the changing geoid concept, the redefinition of the concept of eustasy, the dynamic-rotational redistribution of oceanic water masses, the interchange of angular momentum between the hydrosphere and solid Earth, and finally the new sea level curve of the Maldives with an absence of signs of any on-going sea level rise.


In 2008 he was awarded “The Golden Condrite of Merit” from University of Algarve (at an international sea level meeting in Portugal) “for his irreverence and contribution to our understanding of sea-level change”.



Dr. Nils Finn Munch-Petersen

Nils Finn Munch-Petersen is an anthropologist, and senior expert at Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Has carried out work in Pacific Islands, notably Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu; extensive field work in the Maldives with numerous follow-up visits, as well as visits to Minicoy and Katmat in the Lakshadweep Islands. Work with coral reef protection in the Pacific, Southeast Asia, Mozambique, Egypt and Yemen.


Dr. Yuanzhi Zhang and Jinrong Hu

Bio currently not available

Dr. A.S. Gaur

A.S. Gaur (Born in 1965), obtained Master degree in Archaeology from Gwalior University and Ph.D. on ‘Maritime Archaeology of Gujarat coast’ from Tamil University, Tanjavur, is presently working in the Marine Archaeology Centre of the National Institute of Oceanography, and has carried out extensive research in the field of Marine Archaeology and important projects include the underwater explorations at Dwarka, Bet Dwarka, Somnath, Kodinar, Ghogha on the Gujarat coast and many other sites all along the Indian coast. Being a diver he has dived over 600 hours all along the Indian coast, Southern Sri Lanka and Thailand coasts. He has authored a book on Harappan Maritime Legacies of Gujarat (2000) and co-authored three books Archaeology of Bet Dwarka Island (2005), Underwater Archaeology of Dwarka and Somnath (2008) and Maritime Archaeology around Porbandar (in Press). He has also co-edited two books. A large number of research papers have been published by him in National and International reputed Scientific and Archaeological journals.

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