Departaments

Marine Biology and Oceanography Department

The Marine Biology and Oceanography Department conducts basic research on all aspects of planktonic and benthic marine ecology. Organisms from viruses to zooplankton are studied from a descriptive and a process-oriented way. The structure of food webs and the patterns of carbon and nutrient cycling among planktonic organisms are also main topics. Field work in the Mediterranean Sea and other world oceans is combined to laboratory experiments to pursue our objectives.

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Marine Geosciences Department

Marine Geosciences Department focus in leading basic research as well as applied technology. In the tecnical-scientific aspects its scientists have devouted much effort in the acquisition and setting of the Oceanographic Research Vessels equipments dedicated to geological investigation. Additionaly, new techniques have been improved  in seismic recording, sampling and analysis that allowed the development of relevant aspects in the field of Marine Sciences. An important framework has also been evolved for geophysical and sedimentological automatic analysis, and a data base has been created providing post-operation data analysis and data exchange with other scientific institutions.

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Renewable Marine Resources Department

Research at the Renewable Marine Resources Department focuses on the study of the biology and ecology of exploited marine species, their communities and ecosystems. The main zoological groups studied are fish, crustaceans and molluscs. Research takes place in all oceans, mainly in the Mediterranean, from the coastline to the deep sea, and also includes experiments carried out in laboratory aquaria under controlled conditions. Research focuses on several taxonomic groups and different levels of organisation. The studied topics include taxonomy, biodiversity, biology of organisms (such as development, growth and reproduction), population dynamics, effects of environmental variables and habitat characteristics on the organisms and their communities and anthropogenic impact on marine ecosystems.

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Physical and Technological Oceanography Department

Physical and Technological Oceanography Department focuses on the description and explanation of the physical behavior of the ocean and its role in the climate of the Earth, using the principles of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. The observation and analysis of water movement (waves and currents), the transfer of energy and momentum between the ocean and atmosphere, and the special properties of seawater, such as the propagation of electromagnetic energy, serve to improve the knowledge about the physical processes in the ocean, from the microstructure to global scale climatic phenomena. The Department is also working on new techniques for analysis of data obtained from space and oceanographic instrumentation design and development of advanced numerical models to study various aspects of ocean dynamics.

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