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Scientific Diving in Marine Ecology

Teacher
Semester
Semester 1
Credits
3

This course have an extra cost, is not included on the tuition fee!

This course is designed to train students in to underwater sampling techniques applied to Marine Ecology. Advanced SCUBA dive planning, focusing on safety and efficiency will also be exercised. 

An international certification may be awarded through an additional training module.  

Contents
The class program will be focused on:
Theory component:
a) Distinguish scientific diving from other diving activities and understand the applications and limitations of scientific diving
b) Sampling strategies: random, hap hazard and systematic 
c) Error vs Bias
d) Develop a scientific perspective and respect to the underwater world
e) Develop knowledge and familiarity with scientific diving practices applied to marine ecology:

  • Band transects to access organism density 
  • Point intersect transects for genetic sampling
  • Use of underwater sampling grids for spatial distribution of species
  • Underwater sample collection 
  • Underwater video documentation of marine habitats
  • Underwater photomosaics
  • Introduction to data processing for the above sampling techniques, such as software for photomosaic and underwater mapping. 

f) Advanced SCUBA Dive planning

Practical application:
Develop knowledge and familiarity with scientific diving practices applied to marine ecology:

  • Band transects to access organism density 
  • Point intersect transects for genetic sampling
  • Use of underwater sampling grids for spatial distribution of species
  • Underwater sample collection 
  • Underwater video documentation of marine habitats
  • Underwater photomosaics