The Jiaolong manned submersible on its mothership Shenhai Yihao (DeepSea No. 1) at a port in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong province. Photo by Xinhua/Mao Siqian.
An international standard for marine studies, proposed and formulated by China, has been published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This was reported by Xinhua News Agency.
The standard was jointly proposed by the Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS) and the First Institute of Oceanography of the Ministry of Natural Resources, providing requirements and recommendations for conducting marine surveys of the interstitial biota in marine sediments.
According to IOCAS researcher Lei Yanli, “the biota involved in the standard are key to the study of marine biodiversity and other areas”.
Lei said that “the international standard will be conducive to the conservation of marine biodiversity and the assessment of the ecological environment, and provide the technical support and standard guarantees necessary for the development of relevant international cooperation”.
Many scientists from Chinese universities and institutes, including Tongji University, and their peers from eight countries, including the United States, United Kingdom and Russia, also participated in formulating the standard.