|An Indian views the International Indian Ocean Expedition|
Satyanarayana Rao, T.S. (1967). An Indian views the International Indian Ocean Expedition. Oceanogr. Mar. Biol. Ann. Rev. 5: 111-118
In: Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review. Aberdeen University Press/Allen & Unwin: London. ISSN 0078-3218, more
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Now that the International Indian Ocean Expedition (I.I.O.E.) is over, or at least the operational aspect of it, perhaps it is not out of place to indulge in some personal reflections -both about the various problems it has generated and those it has solved- which will supplement the review of Currie (1966) regarding what the I.I.O.E. set out to achieve and what were some of the preliminary results. It will be valuable to supplement this with a brief history of marine research in India, what I think I.I.O.E. meant to India, and in what way the nation has benefited by its own full participation in the programme. My own association with I.I.O.E. began officially on the 1st August 1962 when I took up the post of Liaison Officer for the U.S. Programme in Biology during the I.I.O.E.; I was stationed at Bombay throughout the period of the expedition. By virtue of this position, I was not only looking after the interests of the U.S. Programme in Biology, but also maintained a close liaison with the Indian authorities who were responsible for the Indian Programme and with foreign countries participating in the expedition.