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Deep Ocean Technology at JAMSTEC

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Since the establishment of JAMSTEC in 1971, several basic and advanced survey systems have been developed to exploit and study the deep ocean. Presently, 4000-m and 6000-m deep tow systems, 2000-m and 6000-m manned submersibles, 3000-m, 7000-m and 10000-m ROVs, and cabled deep seafloor observatories are in operation. A deep and long range AUV to survey under the ice or hazardous environment, and a wire line reentry system to study crustal deformation process are under development. In addition to the above survey systems, the five-vessel JAMSTEC fleet, R/V Natsushima, Kaiyo, Yokosuka, Kairei and Mirai supports research activities in all of the world’s oceans. The operating principle for research at JAMSTEC in the next decade is “in depth understanding of the Earth and life”.

We will further expand research activities by utilizing basic and advanced systems, and deep ocean technology to achieve the above goal.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 1999

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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