The NIWA/University of Otago Research Centre for Oceanography is comprehensively equipped for a variety of research in marine & freshwater chemical and physical studies. Its main laboratory typically houses 25 researchers, including staff and post-graduate students. Major research instruments and facilities include:
In addition, the Centre has custom-built equipment for the measurement of seawater alkalinity, carbon dioxide partial pressure and continuous pH by CCD photometry. Sampling equipment includes a CTD-rosette system equipped with General Oceanics Go-Flo samples, Kevlar hydroline and trace metal-optimized Go-Flo samplers and a 2m box corer.
Being located in a mainstream Chemistry Department, the NIWA/University of Otago Research Centre for Oceanography has access to a wide range of instrumentation and expertise, including 200, 300 and 500 MHz Varian nmr spectrometers, laser spectroscopy, (including surface-enhanced FTIR and Raman) and photo-acoustic spectroscopy. The department houses a fully-equipped microanalytical laboratory with 2 Carlo-Erba CHNSO elemental analysers, a glass blower and electronic and mechanical workshops.
We also have access to the facilities of the Portobello Marine Laboratory, including seawater incubation tanks, the 23m research vessel Polaris II and a number of smaller sea-going craft.
Finally, all staff and students working in the Centre have access to the research facilities of NIWA, and regularly participate in cruises of the NIWA ocean-going research vessel R/V Tangaroa.
The NIWA/University of Otago Research Centre for Oceanography was established in the Chemistry Department, University of Otago in the early 1980's. It has grown from those modest early days to become one of the largest research groups in Australasia in this scientific area, comprising three academic staff members, 5 full-time researchers and a large number of graduate students.
The group has carried out a large number of research projects funded by government agencies.
For more details on these research activities, see Research Programmes.
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