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Indian Ocean Atlas

Prithvish Nag (Editor)
Synopsis Indian Ocean Atlas can be divided into three broad themes: physiographic characteristics and its bed, socio-historical, and economy, trade and natural resources of physical and economic importance. These themes are to meet the following objectives : (a) to reestablish India's intimate relationship with the ocean and the littoral countries, (b) to provide an assessment of the marine resources which would be required in near future, and (c) to provide a basis for economic and commercial cooperation among littoral countries which are mostly 'developing'. Historically, these countries were associated with India in some way or the other. These historical ties could be reestablished and strengthened. Keeping in view of the above-mentioned objectives, nineteen plates on different aspects have been prepared in such a manner that users would get a clear and informative maps. As the information relating to the preparation of thematic maps were available in different forms, considerable time had to be devoted in collecting and analysing the data and transforming them into a pre-decided map format. There is no atlas on Indian Ocean which serves the above purpose. National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation, has, however, prepared maps on Indian Ocean and seas around the country. The map on 'Indian Ocean' (plate 93) of the National Atlas of India was, therefore, been used as the base map for this atlas. We have, however, consulted various institutions who have specialised knowledge on the different aspects of the Indian Ocean realm. Among them National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula (Goa), Department of Ocean Development (DOD), Indian Meteorological Department, Port Association of India, Geological Survey of India, Naval Hydrographic Office, Indian Institute of Port Management, Survey of India (Geodetic and Research Branch) and Fisheries Survey of India are worth mentioning. Further, published data were also collected from different publications of the United Nations and the World Bank.
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About the author

Prithvish Nag

Prithvish Nag, (b. 1951), M.Sc. (Gold Medalist), Ph.D., is the Director of the national Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO) of the Ministry of Science and technology, Government of India. He has been the President of the Indian National Cartographic Association, Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information centre, Institute of Indian Geographers, Indian Institute of geomorpholists, Professor S.P. Chatterjee Memorial Foundation and Indian Geographical Foundation.

At the international Level, he was the Chairman of the International cartograqphic Association (ICA), Commission on Population Cartography, UN/PCGIAP Committee on Institutional Strengthening for Asia and the Pacific, International Steering Committee on Global Mapping (ISCGM), Working Group on data Standardization, and Full member of the International geographical Union (IGU), Commission on Population geography, and Member, Editorial Board, International Journal on geographical Information System.

Dr. nag was the Visiting member of the Staff of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He is an Author and editor of over 35 boos and 110 research papers. His well known books are geography of Indian and Digital remote sensing. Dr. nag was UN Consultant in cartography in the Sultanate of Oman and the Surveyor general of India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Ocean Atlas
Author Prithvish Nag
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length Plates; Maps.