Research Unit



Marine Biodiversity and Coastal Studies Unit

The unit for Marine Biodiversity Research Unit is dedicated to understanding and improving the ocean’s productivity and living resources in service of society. Research focuses on the biogeochemistry, productivity, living resources and environment of marine ecosystems from coasts to open seas, and from the sea surface to the seafloor. At the same time, development of greater understanding on  the current and potential processes and or pressures that affect the marine environment and its living resources. The unit strongly supports inter-disciplinary research and several on-going researches benefit from the active collaboration within IOES, and between other research institutions to strengthen research quality.



Marine Biotechnology Research Unit

The Marine Biotechnology Research Unit aims to develop the marine living resources for food security, new products and sustained services through the use of modern, cutting-edge biotechnological approaches.


Air-Ocean-Land Interaction Studies and Climate Change Research Unit

The Air-Ocean-Land Interaction Studies and Climate Change Research Unit is dedicated to the development of observation and simulation technologies for land, ocean and atmospheric systems, and contribute towards acquisition of coastal, oceanic and atmospheric data. The data acquired will be useful for sustaining coastal and oceanic ecosystems, improving the health and productivity of the seas and for understanding and predicting ocean-related climate change. The Centre will be spearheading UM research in the area of climate change and variability due to global warming, including impact of climate change on natural resources and society.


Maritime Community, Law, Policy and Governance Unit

Maritime Community, Law, Policy and Governance Unit focuses on the area are settled by the people and how they fit into the development of social, economy and politics in line with policy and the governance. The unit looks the importance and significance of maritime communities in the context of history and culture, socio-economic sustainability and change by many indicators like ports and shipping routes, sea-oriented polities, as well as international relations pertaining to the sea. Since the sea is vital to the maritime communities and should be well protected, this unit also focuses on the Law of the Sea with emphasis upon the Southeast Asian region. The current thrust of the research about the law is in on maritime carriage of goods by sea and in admiralty law. It is a hope that this unit will be able to draw up a national ocean law and policy framework especially for Malaysia.

Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences
C308, Institute of Advanced Studies Building,
University of Malaya,
50603 Kuala Lumpur,

Tel: (+603) 7967 4640 / 6995
Fax: (+603) 7967 6994
Email: admin.ioes@um.edu.my

Office Hours 
Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Sat, Sun and Public Holidays: Closed