The photo taken on Aug. 10, 2019, shows Xiangyanghong 01, China's elite scientific research ship, in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province. (Photo: Xinhua)
Chinese oceanographic research ship Xiangyanghong 06 has set sail from the city of Zhoushan in east China's Zhejiang Province to start a research expedition in the East Indian Ocean, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources.
The voyage is part of the project Joint Advanced Marine and Ecological Studies in the Indian Ocean implemented by the Second Institute of Oceanography under the MNR. It will focus on the changes in the Indian Ocean's marine ecosystem and its response to monsoons, climate, as well as human activities.
The expedition embraces international cooperation, inviting researchers from Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and other countries to participate in scientific research.
The expedition includes interdisciplinary research and draws efforts from many institutions, including the National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center, the National Ocean Technology Center and the Shenyang Institute of Automation under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
The expedition will last for over three months.