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Marine Section - Laboratory Capabilities

The Oceanographic Laboratory is one of the most important facilities in the center where marine instrumentation related activities are being carried out. Major activities include Calibration of marine instruments, data acquisition and pre and post-processing of collected data. The major instruments available here include Conductivity-Temperature-Depth (CTD) Profilers, Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP), Directional Wave and Tide recorders, Real Time Monitoring Underwater Cameras, Real Time Monitoring Buoys, Echo Sounders, Multibeam Echo Sounder, , Tide Gauges, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), Multiparameter Water Quality Sondes, Water Samplers, Rossette, etc.

Museums play a vital role for the present and future generations of Man by showing the treasures of Nature. In the CEW Marine Biology Museum, specimens of marine creatures collected from the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea have been exhibited. These specimens have been collected through 40 years of research in the Arabian Gulf and Red Sea. Specimens have been organized in an informative way that will be useful to the students and for those who are interested in taxonomic studies. Specimens exhibited here include, algae, seagrass, seaweeds, invertebrates (corals, polychaetes, crustaceans, molluscs and echinoderms), fishes, sea snakes etc.

The plankton ecology and water chemistry laboratory is one of the core components of CEW. It covers the analysis of macronutrients (nitrate, nitrite, ammonia, phosphate and silicate), phytoplankton chlorophyll a and, total suspended solids, as essential parameters for many projects. It also includes the detailed analysis of the zooplankton and phytoplankton community composition using light microscopy. For analysing phytoplankton that are too small to be seen by light microscopy, flow cytometry and scanning electron microscopy are available.

Planktoniella sol
Prorocentrum micans
Pyrodinium bahamense
Amphora coffeaformis