2022 InterRidge Steering Committee Members

Indian Representative (2017 -)

John Kurian P

Scientist & Group Director (Deep Sea Exploration and Mapping Group), National Centre for Polar & Ocean Research, Goa, India


John @ncpor.res.in


John Kurian did his Ph.D from Cochin University of Science & Technology in Geophysics and have research interests in seafloor hydrothermal sulphides and seabed mapping. He led/participated in many marine exploration cruises in the Indian Ocean ridges. Keenly interested in employing multi-disciplinary strategies to understand the complex processes associated with hydrothermal vents, especially the influence of tectonic and magmatic processes. Morpho-tectonics characteristics and associated geodynamic history of bathymetric features is another topic of interest for him.

Selected Papers

  • John Kurian, P., S. Rajan, Deepak Kumar Agarwal and P. Linsy. Indian Ocean Ridge System and Seafloor Hydrothermal Activity. Jour. Geol. Soc. India (2022) 98:155-164
  • Niyati G. Kalangutkarar, John Kurian P and Sridhar D. Iye. Characterization of ferromanganese crusts from the Central and South West Indian ridges: Evidence for hydrothermal activity. Marine Georesources & Geotechnology, 2021
  • Susanth S., P. John Kurian, C. M. Bijesh, D. Twinkle, Abhishek Tyagi, S. Rajan. Controls on the evolution of submarine canyons in steep continental slopes: geomorphological insights from Palar Basin, southeastern margin of India. Geo-Marine Letters (2021) 41: 14
  • Bijesh C M and P. John Kurian. Morphology of the two unnamed seamounts in the Arabian Basin and their probable tectonic implications. CURRENT SCIENCE, VOL. 118, NO. 7, 10 APRIL 2020.
  • Bijesh C.M., P. John Kurian, V. Yatheesh , Abhishek Tyagi, D. Twinkle. Morphotectonic characteristics, distribution and probable genesis of bathymetric highs off southwest coast of India. Geomorphology 315 (2018) 33–44

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