Ocean Exploration

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Strongest Backer in Ocean Science & Technology

The Taiwan Ocean Research Institute (TORI) of NARLabs takes pride in being the backbone of the national marine research and exploration task force. With several core facilities and in-house development instrumentation systems, TORI collects ocean data around Taiwan and waters in the open ocean. These data sets provide valuable references for marine research and government policy-making. Meanwhile, the institute also plays the role of a hub to initiate international collaboration. We expect to support not only marine-related issues, but also to be a cradle for new marine talent. TORI→

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Progress of the R&D on ocean exploration and measurement instruments

Ocean bottom seismometers, ocean bottom electro-magnetometer, mini-ROV, and TowCam

The vast ocean features a wealth of biological organisms and mineral resources. In order to explore the oceans, specific marine scientific instruments have been developed: deep sea cameras for viewing the dark and deep ocean realm; remotely operated vehicles for exploring unknown waters; and ocean bottom seismometers and ocean bottom electro-magnetometer may locate alternative natural resources buried deep under the seafloor. These advancements can help the general public to better understand the oceans.

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Establishment of a Large-offset Multi-channel Seismic System

Moving toward a new milestone for marine geophysical exploration in Taiwan

The Large-offset Multi-channel Seismic System TORI has been tested during sea trial. Coupled with seismic source arrays (i.e. parallel air gun clusters) and dynamic positioning, this system is able to accurately "diagnose" the geological formations and structures. To ensure our national environmental safety the system will be utilized continuously to obtain thorough knowledge on the natural resources under the seafloor around Taiwan, as well as on the mechanisms of catastrophic earthquakes that occur in the same area.

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Ocean Sediments

Episode I of core hunting

Marine sediment coring system can serve as a time capsule capable of revealing layers of marine sediments that have accumulated since the ancient period. Through the collaborations between academic and research communities, an ocean core and sediment database was established for the seas bordering Taiwan. Such efforts enable the effective use for research results and national resources, and provides crucial referential information for future core site selection.