PORSEC 2000 – Goa
Second Circular


The rapid progress in ocean remote sensing in the 1980s provided the stimulus for constituting the Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC) of the Pacific Ocean Remote Sensing Conference (PORSEC) during the International Space Year 1990. Initiated largely by scientists from the Pacific Rim countries, attention was focussed on the applications of remote sensing technology to Ocean Sciences.

PORSEC is hosted by different countries every two years. Japan hosted the first Conference (Okinawa, 1992), followed by Australia (Melbourne, 1994), Canada (Victoria, 1996) and China (Quingdao, 1998). At the SOC meeting held in Quingdao, India (Goa) was selected to be the venue for PORSEC 2000.

Organised by

Scientific Organizing Committee of PORSEC, 
PORSEC 2000 Local Organising Committee, Goa.
Phone : 91 (0832) 226253 *4285
Fax : 91 (832) 223340
Email : porsec@csnio.ren.nic.in 
President   Yasuhiro Sugimori (Japan)
Vice President   Mal Heron (Australia)
Jim Gower (Canada)
Treasurer   Antony Liu (USA)
Secretary   Ge Chen (China)

Editorial Committee

Chairperson   Robert Brown
Local Organising Committee
Chairperson Ehrlich Desa
Co-Chairperson  L.V. Gangadhara Rao
Convenor Elgar Desa
Co-Convenors Pankajakshan Thadathil & P.M. Muraleedharan
  •  National Space Development Agency (NASDA) of Japan 
  •  European Space Agency (ESA) 
  •  Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  •  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  •  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  (NOAA)
  •  Scientific Committee for Ocean Research (SCOR)
  •  Marine Biological Research Institute of Japan Pvt. Ltd. (MBRI)
  •  Joint Laboratory for Geoinformation Sciences, Hong Kong
  •  Department of Space (DOS), Government of India, Bangalore 
  •  Department of Ocean Development (DOD), Government of India, New Delhi 
  •  Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, New Delhi 
  •  Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi 
Theme of the Conference
 “ interdisciplinary multi-sensor studies of the world ocean.”

Venue of the Conference

 Goa Marriott Resort, Panaji 403 001, India


Foreign delegates US$ 300
Foreign students  US$ 200
Indian delegates  Rs 2000
Indian students  Rs 500
The registration fee includes conference materials and Conference proceedings, working lunches, reception dinner and a sight seeing tour.
Early bird registration fee 
US$ 250 for foreign delegates and Rs 1500 for Indian delegates if payment is made before 31 August 2000. No reduction in registration fee for students. For registration form click here.

Technical sessions

  •  Synthetic aperture radar
  •  Measurement of ocean currents, winds and waves using space borne altimeters 
  •  Measurement of winds using scatterometers, and applications to tropical cyclone analysis
  •  Passive microwave remote sensing of ocean and atmosphere
  •  Measurement of precipitation using spaceborne sensors
  •  Thermal infrared remote sensing, skin SST and its relationship to bulk SST and heat budget of the upper ocean
  •  Ocean colour
  •  Marine optics
  •  Multisensor observations and applications
  •  Underwater Acoustics
  •  Ocean atmosphere interaction observed by new spaceborne sensors
  •  Remote sensing of the parameters defining the rate of air- sea gas transfer
  •  Air sea interaction
  •  Modeling and assimilation of remote sensing data into numerical models
  •  Ocean processes: Decadal to high frequency oscillations 
  •  Climate and  circulation of the Indian ocean
  •  Marine ecological environment and fishery resources
  •  Coastal zone management, storm surges and GIS applications
  •  Polar oceanography
  •  Sea ice and polar climatic variability
  •  Data processing, sensor calibration and data management



    Guidelines for preparation of manuscript for conference proceedings

Training course

Duration : 3 Days
Dates : 1 Dec 2000 (Friday), 2 Dec 2000 (Saturday), 4 Dec 2000 (Monday)
Course topics 
1. Ocean color
2. Microwave remote sensing for ocean application 
3. High resolution sensors for coastal studies 

Number of participants  30 (10 for each topic)

Target Group Ocean researchers with knowledge of remote sensing from Universities/Institutes mainly from Indian Ocean rim countries

Course Fee 

US$ 200 for foreign participants
Rs. 2000 for Indian participants
Partial financial support will be available to a few participants from developing countries.
Venue    The International Centre, Goa 403 004, India 

Modus operandi

The course will consist of two parts - class room lectures and hands-on experience on data handling.


The course will focus on how the use of each remote sensing data product could potentially enhance the present understanding of the Ocean.

Deadline for receiving the application form 

15 August 2000

Intimation to selected candidates 

15 September 2000

It is proposed to conduct two workshops during the Conference period

  • Ocean colour
  • Future Satellite Missions
These workshops will be of half day duration and will have only invited talks by experts in the field of their specialization to be followed by discussions and recommendations. These workshops will be conducted in parallel with the technical sessions.


Duration : 5 – 8 December 2000
Technology Exhibition will be held at the Conference venue - Goa Marriott Resort, Panaji, Goa (India) to showcase
  • Remote sensing related equipment
  • Oceanographic instruments (Bio-optics, Acoustics)
  • IT related activities in India.
  • Software for ocean applications
Number of Booths available : 15
- 8 booths of size (3m X 3m X 2.5m)
- 7 smaller booths of size (3m X 2m X 2.5m)

Each booth will be provided with 

2 spot lights, 1 table, 2 chairs, Facia (up to a maximum of 26 characters), cleaning and security, two 5 amp power points (220 V, 50 Hz).


Foreign companies Indian companies
Large booth (3m X 3m X 2.5m) US$ 1000/- Rs. 25000/-
Small booth (3m X 2m X 2.5m) US$ 900/-  Rs. 20000/-
Refundable deposit US$ 200/-  Rs. 5000/- 
Booking deadline          : 15th Oct 2000

The fees will cover the registration and participation for one company participant per booth for the duration of the Conference. Fees are payable by cheque/DD to the account of LOC-PORSEC 2000. Payment can be made to LOC-PORSEC 2000 by SWIFT (SBIN IN BBA 120) also.

Other Details

Booth setup    : 4th Dec 2000
Booth dismantling : 9th Dec 2000

The PORSEC Exhibition will have a 24 hour security service during the period 4th to 9th Dec 2000. Exhibitors are responsible for protection of their equipment and insurance. Exhibitors are advised to close down their booth after the Exhibition closing time at 1800 hrs on each day of the Conference.


Details of the rates during December 2000 (please give three preferences)

Hotels Type Distance from venue Category Tariff
Goa Marriot Resort *  Single/Double    0 km  5 star US$ 89/US$ 109
Cidade de Goa  Single/Double  5 km  5 star US$ 130/US$ 210 
Hotel Taj (Fort Aguada)  Single/Double  26km  5 star  US$ 194/US$ 213
Leela Palace  Double 60km 5 star  US$ 205 – US$ 251 
* As the Conference venue is the Goa Marriot Resort at Panaji, we advice participants to avail of the millennium package being offered to the organizers by the Goa Marriot Resort. The resort is centrally located in the city of Panaji and is well connected to all parts of Goa. December being the peak tourist season in Goa, LOC recommends the participants to book hotels 3 months in advance (by early September). 

For more information please visit our web sites

Important dates
Acceptance of Abstract 30 May, 2000
Full paper submissions  31 July, 2000
Early bird registration  31 August, 2000
Third circular  30 October, 2000
Spot registration  4 December, 2000, 3 pm onwards
Technical Sessions  Dr. Sateesh C. Shenoi 
Training Program  Dr. S. Prasanna Kumar 
Workshop  Dr. M. R. Ramesh Kumar 
Exhibition  Dr. Ajit Shirodkar
Dr. Elgar Desa 
Accommodation  Dr. C. G. Naik
Sponsorship & general information  Dr. T. Pankajakshan 
Travel  Dr. P.M. Muraleedharan 

Goa– A tourist destination

Goa a tiny protected strip on the west coast of India, with its natural scenic beauty, attractive beaches, churches and temples and famous for its architecture, feasts and festivals. Ensconed on the slopes of the Western Ghats, Goa is bounded on the North by Maharashtra, on the East by Belgaum, on the South by Karnataka, and on the West by the Arabian Sea, and blessed with fine beaches.

Its rivers -Tiracol, Chapora, Mandovi, Zuari, Sal and Talpona, which  are navigable throughout the year, have their origin in the Sahyadri ranges and flow westward into the Arabian sea, 60 km away, breaking the long coastline (covering a length of 105 km) into enchanting estuaries and bays which mark off idyllic palm-fringed beaches such as Arambol, Vagator, Anjuna, Baga and Calangute in the North, and Colva, Benaulim , Majorda and Palolem in the South.

The climate of Goa in December is pleasant, with a maximum temperature of 28 ºC during the day, dropping to 20 ºC at night. 


Goan food, we think, is delicious - rice and fish being important components of the diet.  The restaurants in Goa, however, do offer a wide variety of cuisine, ranging from traditional Indian (vegetarian/non-vegetarian) to Chinese and Continental fare, and of course the ubiquitous fast foods.


Goa caters to charter flights from European & Scandinavian countries (Oct – April) and is well connected by Indian Airlines from Mumbai, Bangalore, Kochi, Delhi and Madras. Other airlines such as Jet Airways & Sahara India Airlines operate flights between Goa and Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta (via Mumbai) & Pune.


There are daily train services from Goa to Delhi, Mumbai and Kochi. The Conference venue is about 40 km from Margao Railway Station and 20 km from Karmali (Konkan Railway) Station at Old Goa. The Konkan Railway connects Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat and other parts of India to Goa.


Goa is connected by motorable roads with all the major towns in India via the National Highways NH4A, NH17 and NH17A and there are several interstate bus services to neighbouring states.

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