China's Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU) has been building the program at its new Hadal Science and Technology Research Centre (HAST).
The Hadal Zone is ultra deewater, 6000m-11,000m below the surface and includes deep trenches formed by tectonic subduction, centered mostly around the Pacific Rim.
SHOU and HAST have invited two British researchers from Oceanlab at the University of Aberdeen, to the board of advisors for its new HAST manned submersible project.
In August, Prof. Weicheng Cui, head of HAST, and Prof. Huang Shuo Lin, Vice President of SHOU, presented Dr. Alan Jamieson and Prof. Stuart Piertney with certificates that detail the official invitations.
Dr. Jamieson is a Senior Reserach Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. He has been heavily involved with the four HADEEP projects beginning in 2006, and he designed and operated the suite of Hadal-Landers used in these projects (Hadal-Lander A and B, LATIS).
The University of Aberdeen and HAST will begin a new and exciting partnership relating to hadal science and technology.
Dr. Binbin Pan, a mechanical engineer from SHOU, will start an 18-month secondment at Oceanlab beginning September 2014. He and Dr. Jamieson will begin designing and developing HAST's two full ocean depth lander vehicles, the first of many new hadal-rated vehicles to emerge from the project.