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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonPostgraduate study

Diving activities

The diving team enables staff and students to carry out underwater research.

There are many research tasks for which remote techniques are not suitable and the "human touch" is required. Our activities involve various diver survey techniques, photography, videography and deploying diverse types of measuring device and experimental apparatus  as well as recovering equipment deployed by other means.

Current and recent work includes studies of the ecology of artificial reefs, the behaviour of crustaceans and fish, mapping seagrass in the Solent, and EU Species and Habitat Directive site monitoring along nearby coasts. We also have links with other local diving projects, such as Seasearch habitat monitoring in Hampshire, Dorset and Sussex.

Underwater archaeologists are also active in this area. The Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology (based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton) and Poole Bay Archaeological Divers run projects throughout the diving season and welcome divers with Nautical Archaeological Society qualifications.

Diving is carried out in accordance with the Diving at Work Regulations 1997 (DWR '97), under the Scientific and Archaeological Approved Code of Practice produced by the Health and Safety Commission. There are also in-house regulations tailored more specifically to our activities.

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