Scientific Diving purpose (Définition)

lundi 25 février 2013
par  Jean-Pierre FERAL
popularité : 1%

The purpose of Scientific diving is the undertaking and delivery of underwater science.

Definition and rationale for Scientific Diving
Scientific Diving is diving that is science‐led and is needed to support professional research and education and for the protection, conservation and monitoring of the natural and cultural environment.
It is not recreational nor commercial diving.
Scientific Diving exists in a health and safety framework that involves certified scientific divers, diving officers, scientific project leaders, heads of laboratories, administrators and legislators.

Scientific Diving is a highly productive, cost‐effective “in situ” research tool that supports and advances marine research and archaeology through providing efficient, innovative and targeted techniques and methodologies for selective and efficient sampling and complex experimental work underwater (quantitative survey, quantitative observation, making in situ measurement, undertaking impact studies, performing ecological analyses, evaluating new techniques, mapping underwater areas, profiling subtidal geology/geochemistry, and accurate deployment/retrieval of underwater apparatus).
This is particularly effective for undertaking science in coastal or restricted/remote environments e.g. polar regions and under ice where Scientific Diving can offer an accurate and reliable method for deploying, maintaining and retrieving equipment in remote locations. Scientific Diving can be used to research global scientific questions including climate change, ocean acidification, seafloor ecosystem functioning, paleoclimate reconstruction.

Scientific Diving is becoming increasingly important as a relevant monitoring tool in support of policy needs, more particularly to address the monitoring requirements.

Scientific diving is also consistent with the international demand for a responsible, resource-conserving, and sustainable research methodology in Europe.


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