Department of Coastal and Environmental Sciences
Three-fourth of Earth is covered by water about 97.5% of which is seawater. Sea is connected to all important global biogeochemical cycles and a huge food source and other resources. Marine Science is an inter-disciplinary area which mainly concerns with biological, geological, physical and chemical phenomena in oceans. Marine Sciences have become increasingly important in recent years as oceans are believed to be an alternate source of variety of resources particularly rapidly depleting on earth crust. For instance, there are scores of economically important minerals embedded in seafloor and offshore gas hydrates as potential new energy and food sources. In this scenario, world is being driven to explore oceans to replace depleting resources. This all requires highly skilled human resources and sophisticated technologies. In this viewpoint, Marine Sciences have achieved much attention to devise innovative fishing techniques, aquaculture, food processing technologies, drilling and mining, ports and harbor management. Marine scientists and oceanographers have for decades looked at the oceans to develop a better understanding of the global weather patterns and natural phenomena’s such as tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and atmospheric disruptions that have a direct bearing on living and nonliving resources.
The Marine Science and Oceanography course at the Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Uthal, Balochistan offers an introduction to world’s oceans, and their inhabitants and processes within its vast boundaries. Lasbela University is a lone university in Pakistan that formulates national and international maritime policies and conventions to foster conservation and sustainable development of Marine resources within and beyond the Exclusive Economic Zones of Pakistan. It is actually designed for students pursuing fundamental and advance careers in Marine Sciences such as fisheries, oceanography, Marine related research organization and teaching at national and international level as well.
Currently, Faculty of Marine Sciences facilitates research in fields of Marine biology, Fisheries, Geology, Marine Chemistry, Chemical Sensors, Heavy Metal Removal, Molecular Biology, Satellite Remote Sensing in Fisheries, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Biotechnology, Fish Stock Assessment, Aquaculture, Coastal and Ocean Management, RS and GIS in Environmental Science.