Last updated : May 20, 2005
Discovery Channel and BBC have joined a team of scientists to explore the seabed site of the Asian tsunami. UK-based BAFTA award-winning production company, Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) has also joined the same team.
DSP has achieved worldwide industry recognition for its groundbreaking documentaries.
The team comprises the world's foremost scientific authorities, including seismologists, geophysicists, biologists, seabed visualisation experts and tsunami modellers.
The joint crew of Discovery and BBC will send cameras deep into the abyss to witness first-hand the collision between the earth's crustal plates. The team will provide scientific research with the aim to provide accurate warnings of when and where the next tsunami may hit.
The joint team will spend 17 days aboard the MV Performer, a deep-water research ship, in the Indian Ocean. During the research scientists will begin diving three miles to the sea floor off the Indonesian coast.
A senior executive at Discovery Channel says, "The scientific findings will help scientists predict future tsunamis and therefore, minimise the devastation and loss of life in case of future disasters."
He hopes that this research will enable Discovery to go places that no other network has been able to go.
Julian Ware, head of special projects, Darlow Smithson Productions, says, "This genuine scientific enquiry will be of significant interest to geologists, physicists and seismologists, and indeed, to many branches of science in general."
She adds, "We have planned the expedition meticulously with the aid of the world's leading experts, and we expect to return with data that will be hugely beneficial to our understanding of such phenomenon - while at the same time providing dramatic TV footage of the epicenter that triggered the Tsunami."
This expedition will be covered as a two-hour special programme, 'Journey to the Heart of the Tsunami' and will air on Discovery Channel in India towards the end of this year. © 2005 agencyfaqs!First Published : May 20, 2005