China has officially put into operation two research stations over its artificial islands in Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef and Zamora (Subi) Reef both in West Philippine Sea.
According to Chinese news outlet Xinhua, in report dated March 20, the research stations are equipped with laboratories on ecology, geology and environments that can support scientists in field investigation, sampling and scientific research on Spratly Islands, citing source from Integrated Research Center for Islands and Reefs of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
Xinhua reports that the Fiery Cross station has built several real-time monitoring systems for coral reef ecosystem, vegetation ecology and freshwater conservation.
While the Subi station has completed the project design of monitoring systems for geological disaster and freshwater conservation.
“The two new stations, together with the previously-established Meiji (Mischief) Research Center, have formed an integrated scientific research base on coral reef and deep-sea, said the CAS source,” Xinhua reports.
“The base will support interdisciplinary research of oceanographers and improve the in-situ observation and experimental capabilities on ecology, geology, environments, materials and marine energy utilization in the tropical marine environment,” it added.