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Welcome to the Department of Oceanography, Noakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh. Department of oceanography currently offers Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Oceanography and intensively working to open Master of science degree in different specialized field of oceanography like Physical oceanography, Biological and fisheries oceanography, chemical oceanography, geological oceanography, integrated coastal management, and climate and space oceanography.

As we know, global environmental changes, caused by anthropogenic activity, are rapidly altering our oceans and coastal environments. Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries due to global warming and climate change. With climate change the most prominent driver, human society is facing with dramatic challenges from rising sea levels, extreme storm events, warming oceanic waters, altered ecosystems (including failing fisheries), and increasing ocean acidification. Basic scientific research on ocean science, today as always, forms the very foundation upon which environmental problems can be solved. In practical terms, the modern shift in oceanography includes determining how the broad oceanographic community responds to these challenges, particularly in terms of mitigating the effects of large-scale changes, and developing methods of improving marine sustainability and resilience.

On the other hand, Bangladesh received confirmation of her new maritime boundary of 118,813 sq km of waters extending up to 12 nautical miles of territorial sea and a further Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 200 nautical miles into the sea. It is obviously a vast area for commercial and economic interests together with environmental stakes that warrants proper protection and security. Our new maritime boundary settlement has added a new impetus in the political and economic arena of Bangladesh. Therefore, to identify, explore, extract, manage and conserve our marine resources, development of our knowledge and technology and skill manpower is very crucial.