Deep Ocean Mission

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The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences recently chaired the first-ever high-level Steering Committee meeting of Deep Ocean Mission.

 About Deep Ocean Mission:

  • It is a mission-mode project to support the Blue Economy Initiatives of the Government of India.
  • It is a high-level multi-ministerial, multi-disciplinary programme for a better understanding of the deep sea living and non-living resources of the Indian Ocean.
  • It will aid in India’s efforts to attain the Blue Economy status.
  • It aims to develop technologies to harness living and non-living resources from the deep oceans.
  • The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) will be the nodal Ministry implementing this multi-institutional Mission.
  • The estimated cost of the Mission will be 4077 crores for a period of 5 years (2021-26) to be implemented in a phase-wise manner. 
  • The Mission consists of six major components:
    • Development of Technologies for Deep Sea Mining and Manned Submersible and Underwater Robotics;
    • Development of Ocean Climate Change Advisory Services;
    • Technological innovations for exploration and conservation of deep-sea biodiversity;
    • Deep Ocean Survey and Exploration;
    • Energy and freshwater from the Ocean;
    • Advanced Marine Station for Ocean Biology


Q1) What is the work of the ministry of earth sciences?

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), under the Government of India, is mandated to provide services for weather, climate, ocean and coastal state, hydrology, seismology, and natural hazards; to explore and harness marine living and non-living resources in a sustainable manner for the country

Source: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh chairs the first Steering Committee Meeting of Deep Ocean Mission