Sri Lanka to collaborate with Japan, China for oceanography

Dec 22, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is collaborating with Japan and China to study oceanographic conditions and weather in the Indian Ocean, the head of the island’s aquatic resources agency said. Jayewardene said the Chinese were interested in the origination of monsoon off the shores of Sri Lanka which will help the country understand and predict its own monsoons which starts a little later. “We have established collaboration with Japan,” Hiran Jayewardene, chairman of Sri Lanka’s National Aquatic Research Agency said.

“A Japanese vessel will be coming here shortly.”

“We will work across the bay of Bengal down to and Perth in Australia to understand the surrounding Ocean.”

Jayewardene an international expert and scholar on ocean law, is currently heading the NARA, which was set up 30 years ago.

He said NARA is also in talks with China to collaborate on a meteorological research. A team of six academics had already visited the country.