Field- and laboratory-based research possibilities...
The Biological Sciences research vessel, the RV Noctiluca, is used for marine research and training in connection with the University's teaching and research programme. It is a unique, twin-hulled, shallow-draft, aluminium vessel that combines speed, maneuverability and efficiency with a flexible work platform. The Noctiluca is suitable for a wide range of scientific tasks, ranging from hydrographic assessment to trawling and other forms of benthic and pelagic survey work.
The Noctiluca is a 12.5 m, diesel powered catamaran capable of 20 knots. It can cruise at 16 knots with a range of 500 nautical miles. The vessel is also equipped with the latest navigation aids enabling offshore operation for several days.
SEACAMS2 also have access to RV Calypso, a 6m Humber RIB which can be used for coastal survey work including diver survey, equipment deployment and maintenance.
Find out more about the university research vessel here.
Field equipment available at Swansea University includes:
SEACAMS2 manages a benthos and water quality laboratory at Swansea University to analyse and process water, sediment and specimen samples.
The laboratory comprises a unique benthic specimen reference collection as well as specialist compact and stereo-microscopes.
For catchment studies and sediment samples, the team has access to muffle furnaces for determining organic content, a Coulter particle-size analyser, Bartington magnetic susceptibility equipment and a Niton XRF analyser for determining heavy metal concentrations.
Software frequently used at SEACAMS2 includes: