By M A Atmanand, M Ravichandran and D Rajasekhar, The authors are Director, National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), Chennai Director, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa and Senior Scientist and Group Head of Vessel Management Cell, NIOT.
Issue - Deep Sea Exploration
Date - 16th August 2018
Observations in Polar Regions are essential for understanding changing climate. This article provides insights into how a floating laboratory—the Polar Research Vessel, is designed and built to meet the mission requirements of scientific users.
Research vessels are the primary source of oceanographic observations and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Science is likely to be conducted in increasingly remote and environmentally challenging areas, including the Polar seas in the decades to come. Thus the need to build an ability to operate with minimal interruptions from natural elements remains unchanged from the days of the Challenger Expedition—the first scientific oceanographic exercise of 1872–76 (Rajasekhar et. al, 2014). Research vessels fulfil an important need of...