Scientific Diving Nucleus (SDN)
The SDN started shortly after the creation of the Department and provides
required collaboration with both DOP/UAç's and outside research projects,
as well as with pedagogic work. The nucleus has collaborated and assisted
in underwater work for studies as diverse as the characterization of marine
communities, behavioural ecology of territorial fishes, marine habitat
protection, littoral fish and cephalopod fisheries, limpet stock assessment
and shallow-water hydrothermal vents. Actually, collaboration is given
mainly to the MEB
Section and Image
and Multimedia Nucleus, involving more than 30 researchers
(during summer fieldwork) for a total of seven projects.
In order to enable the increasing demand for collaboration, the nucleus
has recently been substantially re-organized and has been provided with
new, improved premises - now having separate wet, dry, office and repair
rooms - and equipment, which include:
1 fixed 250 bar / 300 bar and 2 portable 200 bar compressors
tanks and 12 regulators
3 dry suits and several wet suits
1 Scuba Wireless Voice Communication System
1 shark cage
staff has also been expanded, now having 1 technical co-ordinator (professional
diver), 1 skipper and 2 technicians.
The SDN work is mainly carried-out using the
VIVAS ships. The first allows most of the fieldwork on the
coasts of Faial and Pico Islands. The second permits diving virtually
anywhere around the Arquipélago, including the offshore.
Future improvements will be directed towards equipment
and know-how acquisition for deep-dive research. Security is a priority
in SDN work, including regular training courses to divers, ship supplied
with Oxygen Kits, and easy access to local Hospital hyperbaric chamber.
For more information please contact the research fellow
in charge Jorge Fontes (email@example.com).