Brisbane: Australian submarine designer Ron Allum has planned to map the unknown depths of Australia’s ocean bed. The results of this expedition will be showcased at Ozri 2013 in Brisbane next month.
Allum is known for designing Deepsea Challenger – the first submarine to carry a solo submariner 11 kilometres to the floor of the Mariana Trench (the deepest point in the world’s oceans). Now, he plans to showcase the results of his next expedition to experts from different sectors. “The benefits of mapping these areas are immeasurable – from expanding our knowledge of marine life, hydrothermal vents and geological plates and fissures to improving our nation’s emergency response and defence systems,” said Allum. The results are supposed to be of great importance to the defence agencies, emergency response teams, mining companies and biologists. Ozri 2013 Technical Director Kellie Persson said the mapping project will have significant implications across a broad range of sectors. “By creating a detailed picture of our marine environment, the Defence agencies charged with protecting our borders will have access to a depth of information never thought possible, Persson added.