Indonesia form the Ocean Research Consortium

Indonesia will form the Ocean Research Consortium. The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) said more than 11 government agencies and universities would form a consortium of ocean research aimed at improving the synergistically, efficiency and effectiveness of research performance in the Indian Ocean.

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LIPI's Deputy for Geological Sciences, Zainal Arifin, on Sunday said the main objective of establishing the consortium is to create a grand scheme for research programs and infrastructure to work synergistically, efficiently and effectiveness. The Consortium allows all colleges and research institutions to work together.

The consortium will also discuss funding where a number of stakeholders, such as the Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) and the Indonesian Maritime Coordinating Ministry (Menko Maritim) will also provide funding for research programs, particularly in marine areas.

"The Ocean Research Consortium will invite the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), the Ministry of Research and Higher Education, the Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Bogor Agricultural Institute, Bandung Institute of Technology, and Sriwijaya University," said Arifin.

Arifin said the funding of research programs in Indonesia, especially in the field of marine is still limited. One of the efforts of the researchers is to collaborate with international colleagues. Research last year found underwater rivers at 3,500-4,800 meters depth and truncated mountain in the northwest-southeast direction of the ocean.

"The MIRAGE (Marine Investigation of the Rupture Anatomy of the 2012 Great Earthquake) expedition is one of our strategies to leverage our international network of researchers to investigate the devastating earthquake in the Indian Ocean," said Arifin.