A New Perspective on the Underwater Domain Awareness Framework (policy and technology interventions)
A webinar by the IMarEST’s Naval Engineering SIG
The global strategic formulation in the 21st century is hinged on the Indo-Pacific construct. The Indo-Pacific strategic space is characterized by the tropical littoral waters of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The tropical littoral waters present very unique challenges and opportunities on several accounts ranging from political, economic, socio-cultural and technological as well.
The Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) has been the key to effective governance in any maritime region. However, the conventional MDA formulation, has remained security driven with very minimal penetration to the other stakeholders, namely blue economy, marine environment & disaster management and science & technology. The underwater component of the MDA that may be referred as the Underwater Domain Awareness (UDA) has far too many gaps.
The Maritime Research Centre (MRC), Pune has been progressing a unique UDA framework that encourages pooling of resources and synergizing of efforts across the stakeholders. The UDA framework addresses the aspects for policy & technology interventions along with capacity & capability building to achieve a safe, secure, sustainable growth model for all in the Indo-Pacific region. The interaction will highlight the challenges and opportunities in the tropical littoral waters of the Indo-Pacific region and how the proposed UDA framework manages the entire issue comprehensively. The nuances of the acoustic capacity & capability building in the tropical littoral waters will be discussed.