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Centre for Earth Science Studies

The Centre for Earth Science Studies (CESS) is an autonomous research centre to promote and establish scientific and technological research and development studies in the solid earth science will provide nationwide services and promote for sustainable development of natural resources and management of natural hazards. The taking over of CESS will further help in better utilisation and sharing of resources and tools available within the various R & D centres of the MoES and other Ministries. The research and development activities of CESS covering the whole country will benefit millions of people across the country and provide access to increased knowledge of earths processes, better predictive systems for natural hazards, development of natural resources management plans, increased access to thematic maps, etc. The total estimated budget requirements of CESS will be Rs.128.67 crore for the balance period of the 12th FYP.


  • Campus 1
  • Divisions 2
  • Facilities 3
  • External links 4


The Centre for Earth Science Studies is housed in a spacious 50,000 sq. ft building constructed in a campus of 18.6 acres. Development of CESS campus in 1986 was an unparalleled landmark achievement as it was a transformation of an abandoned clay mining site to a beautiful green campus within a short span of one year. This sprawling campus with all amenities, free from the noise and hustle of the city, in a nature friendly surroundings, was a vision of our founder Director Prof. C. Karunakaran, realised through the leadership of Dr. H. K. Gupta, the then Director and Sri M. Sethumadhavan, the then Registrar. The present beautiful green campus owes much to them and equally to the imagination and hard work of Dr S. Satheeschandran Nair in revitalising the land to a green campus and home for over 200 rare species of flora. CESS building is constructed on natural gradients, slopes and excavated mining areas in a nature friendly architectural design. Buildings are spread as different blocks. Main building houses Administration, Library, Conference Hall and an auditorium. Four interconnected blocks provide seating spaces for scientists. Laboratory block houses main laboratories of all divisions with a centralised access to scientists of all disciplines. A separate building for canteen and guest house is built away from the main buzz of activity. Canteen functions from 9 am to 4.30 pm providing Kerala style breakfast and lunch with various types of snacks with tea and coffee. In 2004 a laboratory block was added over the existing block to house new sophisticated facilities and provide two smaller meeting and discussion halls. CESS is expanding in tune with needs and necessities, without affecting greenery and serenity of the campus.

CESS carries out studies in river basin evaluation, ground water management, coastal erosion, and other special problems. CESS does research in earth system, micro-level watershed planning, natural hazards management, chemical analysis, CRZ mapping, and studies of air, water, land, noise pollution, etc. CESS also does environmental impact assessment, coastal and estuarine management, terrain analysis, natural resources management, laser applications, river sand mining, and microlevel planning. CESS organise and conduct research courses leading to doctoral degree.


  • Geosciences Division
  • Marine Sciences Division
  • Atmospheric Sciences Division
  • Environmental Sciences Division
  • Resource Analysis Division
  • Chemical Sciences Division
  • Training and Extension Division


  • X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer
  • X-Ray Defractometer
  • Petrology and Crustal Evolution Studies
  • Seismology
  • Palaeomagnetism
  • Fluid Inclusion
  • Thin Sectioning Laboratory
  • Sedimentology
  • Placer laboratory
  • Gas Chromatograph
  • Photo Interpretation
  • Geoinformatics laboratory
  • Library

External links

  • Official website of Centre for Earth Science Studies

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