April 11, 2011 09:00
Korea will set up an ocean science research station on Dokdo to observe waves, weather and pollution in the East Sea around the clock.
Grand National Party lawmakers on a National Assembly ad hoc committee on Dokdo and officials from the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology met on April 4 to discuss a response to new Japanese school textbooks that repeat Tokyo's claims to the islets and agreed to build the science station.
The station will be the country's third ocean science base after Ieo Island and Gaeocho islet.
It will be an automated unmanned station furnished with state-of-the-art equipment observing sea and weather conditions, such as surface waves, microenvironment, ozone, carbon dioxide and seismic activities.
The station is expected to focus on researching earthquakes and tsunamis now that the country is witnessing the devastating disaster in Japan.
The government will select a private company to set up the facilities later this month with a view to completing them by December next year.
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