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.
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: