Dear DSBS Colleagues,
I am writing today asking for 2-3 minutes of your time, to help with a question I’m trying to answer.
I am preparing a dataset that compares worldwide countries that have a deep-sea environment within their EEZ (defined as >200m depth) and also have scientific access to a deep-sea exploration platform, such as an ROV, AUV or manned submersible. As far as I can tell this list doesn’t exist(?)
By “access”, I mean a:
– Government-owned research platform
– Privately-owned research platform that has repeatedly been used for peer-reviewed non-profit research,
– Partnerships/major contracts with commercial outfits (such as oil & gas) that provide repeated access to scientists who are based within the country.
While my definitions are loose, I am just trying to get a rough idea of the percentage of countries that have a deep-sea environment compared to their inherent deep-sea technological assets.
So, I am asking the DSBS society to please look at the following list of countries that I know have a deep-sea environment within their EEZ and have internal access to it, and please email me if you have a country to add. If you have a website/link to share that would also be great, but not necessary. Any and all comments are welcome.
Here’s the list so far:
Thank you so much for your help!
Brennan Phillips <firstname.lastname@example.org>