This book aims to give a holistic overview of the pond ecosystem of Indian Sundarbans. Due to climate change, the Indian Sundarbans face several challenges. With rising sea levels, islands are disappearing and the increasing salinity in the water and soil has severely threatened the health of mangrove forests and the quality of freshwater, soil and crops. Additionally, there have been serious disturbances to hydrological parameters in the lotic as well lentic ecosystems.
Pond Ecosystems of the Indian Sundarbans provides new insights into lentic ecosystem-oriented research in the deltaic ecosystem of GBM-I (Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna, Indian Delta). The major findings from various research works are brought together, and the gaps and future possible ways forward are outlined. The book addresses SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 14 (Life below Water), with a focus on the ecosystem services of ponds in the Indian Sundarbans.
Despite there being many studies on riverine water, groundwater and mangrove ecosystems of the Indian Sundarbans, this book offers new insights into the pond ecosystem of the Indian Sundarbans. The outcomes from this book can be utilized by researchers from the inland fisheries sector, environmental managers, professionals, and those who seek to develop ways for making pond ecosystems sustainable.
Dr Sourav Das is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate of the UKRI-GCRF Living Deltas Hub in the School of Oceanographic Studies at Jadavpur University, India. His research interests include biogeochemistry of marine and coastal water, ocean remote sensing, optical properties of water (inherent & apparent optical properties), and air quality monitoring. He has twelve years of research experience and has more than 60 research articles in reputed peer-reviewed journals including two books.
Dr Abhra Chanda is an Assistant Professor at the School of Oceanographic Studies at Jadavpur University, India. His research interest encompasses the biogeochemistry of lentic and lotic aquatic systems and pollutant dynamics. Blue carbon dynamics is one of the priorities of his research. He has eleven years of research experience and has more than 75 research articles in reputed peer-reviewed journals to his credit.
Prof. Tuhin Ghosh is a Professor and Director of the School of Oceanographic Studies at Jadavpur University, India. He has more than two decades of research experience in coastal geomorphology, disaster management, climate change impacts, adaptation strategies, and human migration. He has more than 80 research articles in reputed peer-reviewed journals to his credit.