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November 2016 - Mediterranean Marauders

Up to a few years ago, 24-7 monitoring of our seas was not possible as data collection followed certain protocols that involved direct sampling in the field that consisted of SCUBA diving or on board vessels or through human-mediated instrument deployment.

The ‘operational’ aspect of marine monitoring was unheard of. There has been a sea change since the days of traditional sampling at sea, with a plethora of contraptions, ranging from the smallest, such as water temperature data loggers which record water temperature every hour round the clock for five consecutive years, to the largest, such as permanent moorings of gliders which embark on a pre-programmed itinerary of hundreds of kilometres involving dives down to 1000m followed by surfacing.

The contemporary marine scientist toolbox reserves yet another trump card...that of citizen science, which is increasingly being used to track elusive phenomena such as alien species introductions in our waters and the blooming of jellyfish species. Prof. Alan Deidun will take us through a broad-brush itinerary through these innovative marine monitoring techniques.

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