Installations and Means of Conduct for Oceanographic Research. Emerging Legal and Institutional Issues
10th Panhellenic Symposium on Oceanography and Fisheries, 2012
13 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2017 Last revised: 26 Dec 2017
Date Written: May 10, 2012
Despite ominous predictions at the time of the negotiations of the UN Law of the Sea Convention (1973-1982), marine research activities have progressed significantly in the past few decades. The most important factor for this progress have been technological advancements that made available the use of new installations and technical means for the conduct of oceanographic research. Nowadays, besides traditional means for research conduct such as ships and platforms, new ones most notably ODAS and Remote Sensing techniques are increasingly common, thus creating new challenges for the Law of the Sea. The paper presents the current legal framework, focusing on the needs of modern oceanography and tries to highlight the ambiguities in subjects relating to new technologies. Methodologically, the analysis follows the examination of legal, institutional and political documents. Finally the conclusions include the authors’ suggestions and estimations on future developments on the subject.
Keywords: Law of the Sea, Marine Scientific Research, Operational Oceanography, ODAS, Remote Sensing
JEL Classification: K33, K32, O33, O38
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