Our Blue Planet
Our oceans cover more than 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface and share close relationships with our rivers and freshwater reserves. Covering about 70% of the earth’s surface, our seas supply half the oxygen we breathe, and provide food and livelihoods for more than a billion people.
They are also home to over 260,000 species of wondrous creatures and scientists believe there are more than a million species in the seas. However, unscientific human exploitation is driving many creatures to extinction before we have had a chance to even learn about them.
Our oceans and riverine systems serve as vital ecosystems supporting life on Earth while playing a crucial role in global commerce, economy, security, and maritime development. Yet despite this, we know more about outer space than our own oceans, with more detailed maps of Venus and Mars than our planet’s seabeds.
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Dedicated to Underwater Domain Awareness
As a think tank and a registered not-for-profit organization (Section-8 company), the Maritime Research Center (MRC) is dedicated towards promotion of Underwater Domain Awareness (UDA). Over the years, MRC has emerged as a platform of national and regional significance, fostering dialogue and cooperation amongst stakeholders from Maritime Security, Blue Economy, Marine Environment, Disaster Management and Research & Innovation.
The MRC has drafted a comprehensive framework towards Underwater Domain Awareness (UDA) which has been wholeheartedly embraced by key stakeholders for driving discourse and affirmative action.
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MRC started as the brainchild of its founder Dr. Cdr. Arnab Das who is a celebrated researcher, maritime strategist, technocrat and entrepreneur. The cause found resonance with leading personalities and organizations from multiple domains who are now its advisors and mentors, ensuring strong impact and acceptance of MRC and its mission of Underwater Domain Awareness.
From Knowledge to Insights
MRC is home to a wide array of folks. From Maritime strategists, researchers, environmental scholars and academia to Blue ocean strategists, corporates, skilling and technology specialists. For each of the above, MRC is a platform where ideas translate into actionable insights and knowledge that is documented and appreciated by the wider community.
The topic of Underwater Domain is vast and MRC is cognizant that it needs the support and participation from many more stakeholders to create impact at scale.The Maritime Research Center welcomes the participation from individuals, groups and organizations in jointly creating a dialogue and awareness about the Underwater Domain, leading to improved synergies and harnessing the potential for human development.
The UDA Framework has multiple dimensions, and innumerable innovative ideas that will go towards realizing the UDA vision. The UDA Digest is a platform to bring together these diverse views and thoughts in the form of short articles, videos, commentaries, creative posts and more. We invite original pieces from our esteemed readers for UDA Digest.