New research possibilities at Geography Department

To help maintain our global position as a leading research department we have invested in two state of the art remotely operated vehicles. The submarines will be used for exploration, teaching and research in freshwater and marine environments.. To perform cutting edge, innovative research that influences our teaching, we are investing in the state of the art technology. With the help of the Faculty of Social Science, the department’s environmental scientists are developing unique resources that will allow them to focus upon climate induced changes in aquatic environments.

“Thanks to this investment our undergraduate students will have an opportunity to learn how to use a lightweight entry–level submersible (Fig 1) for studying freshwater ecosystems, their restoration and biodiversity, as well for general underwater inspection (e.g. dams, wrecks and underwater constructions). Our postgraduate students, post-doctoral researchers and research staff will have the opportunity to use a more advanced custom made underwater exploration unit (Fig 2) that is specially adapted to sophisticated research in the most demanding environments (e.g. the High Arctic and Antarctica). An array of biogeochemical sensors especially customized to our needs, as well as a sampling capability make this unit a truely powerful research tool.” Dr Aga Nowak

The first mission of the custom made ROV will be Dr Aga Nowak’s explorations of High Arctic fjords in order to assess how increased delivery of meltwater and permafrost thaw influences fjord stratification and marine biological production.”

“The new submersible research platform is a good example of how we keep more than one eye on technological advances in order to implement them into our research and teaching activities. Apart from helping us maintain our cutting edge research credentials, I really like how this can also be used to show enterprising students how just a modest capital investment in technology could open up a potential career in environmental protection for them.” Prof Andy Hodson, Head of Deparment