KIOST aims to guide Korea toward fulfilling its dream of becoming a maritime power.
East Sea Research Institute
A hub of marine research in the pan-East Sea region
Jeju Research Institute
Ocean Science and More on Jeju Island!
Ulleungdo Dokdo Ocean Science Station
Ulleungdo and Dokdo island, the dreamy, blue oases of the East Sea!
Tongyoung Marine Living Resources Station
A core part of the infrastructure for onsite ocean science and technology research
South Sea Research Institute
Home to cutting-edge, fully equipped marine research vessels
KIOST International Cooperation Center
Korea-China Joint Ocean Research Center
Securing a basis for joint research and exchange of marine science and technology with China in the East China Sea.
Establishing an advanced base for Korea’s development of technology in partnership with China.
Vitalizing the exchange of research personnel and facilitating joint research activities through partnership with NOAA, a globally renowned research institute for ocean science and technology.
Increasing Korea’s ocean science research capabilities and creating synergy among research activities by maximizing the strengths of KIOST and the UK’s Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
Korea SouthPacific Ocean Research Center
An advanced base for ocean science and research established in a tropical marine environment to secure biological resources for Korea.
Korea-PeruResearch Laboratory on Ocean Science and Technology (KOPE-LAR)
Establishing a cooperative system for the development of ocean science technology and promoting practical cooperation through joint research projects and the installation and operation of an R&D hub in the South and Central American region.
Korea-IndonesiaMarine Technology Cooperation Research Center
Securing the strategic cooperation platform with Indonesia-Implementing practical collaborations, such as joint research project, personal changes, and capacity buildings-Supporting the governmental policy, ‘New Southern Policy
MARINE RESEARCH VESSELS
Core infrastructure for the operation of a fleet of cutting-edge research vessels!
5,900 tons / Launched in October 2016
“Isabu” was named after General Isabu of the Silla Dynasty, who conquered the nation of Usan-guk, which occupied present-day Ulleungdo Island, and incorporated it into Korea. This name was given to the research vessel to signify KIOST’s adventurous spirit, akin to that of General Isabu, and dedication to expanding its influence in the area of marine science in order to help Korea become a leader in the global maritime community.
1,400tons / Entered service in March 1992
“Onnuri,” a pure Korean word meaning “the whole world,” was selected by KIOST as the name for our research vessel so as to express the institute’s hope and willingness to contribute to the development of ocean science by conducting research and surveys within our territorial waters and abroad. Since the word is easy to pronounce and write in English, it also helps to express the internationality of RV Onnuri.
“Eardo” is the Korean name for a submerged rock, known internationally as Socotra Rock, located in the middle of the East China Sea. It is also known as a mythical island, or a land of enlightenment, in the legends of Jeju Island. KIOST named its research vessel Eardo based on its hope of using the vessel to advance the status of the nation’s ocean science and improving the lives of all Koreans.
RV Jangmok was named after “Jangmok,” a town in the northeastern region of Geoje Island, where the South Sea Research Institute and research vessel home port is located. It is a small research vessel used for exploration and observation of Korea’s coastal waters.
“Jangmok” is the name of a town in the northeastern region of Geoje Island, where the South Sea Research Institute and the home port of our research vessels is located. After the RV Jangmok, a second small research ship named thd RV Jangmok 2 was built as well.
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- Last Update : 2020-07-06