Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) has recently set up 'Center of Excellence for Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere and Land (CORAL) Sciences to bring several research areas pertaining to natural hazards under a single roof.

The center would be working in collaboration with University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, United States of America.

Development of a travel time atlas for 'tsunami warning system', mitigation of post-hazards effect would be some of the major activities of CORAL.

CORAL will also conduct a pilot project to study the impact of four major natural calamity that has taken place in the country.

"This analysis will allow CORAL scientists to develop a unified strategy for future hazard mitigation practices," said a release by IIT-KGP.

In association with tsunami experts from Canada, oceanographers from USA, computer experts from different parts of the world, CORAL would also try to develop a regional weather and ocean forecasting system.

West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh (AP) and northeastern states would be of focus area of research for CORAL.

Rapid coastal erosion along Digha, Sankarpur and Sunderbans, designing and construction of coastal embankments, modeling and monitoring the river floods in north and central Bengal and thunderstorm research would constitute some of the major activities of the centre.

Some of this studies would be conducted in collaboration with Jadavpur University, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and foreign universities.

S K Dube, director, IIT-KGP, Avijit Gangopadhyay, University of Massachusetts, Tad Murty, tsunami expert from Canada, in association with several Indian scientist were busy in giving the final shape to CORAL over the last two day, said the release.