Academic Research


Scientific diving is a research tool that can sustain a wide range of scientific disciplines, particularly in complex environments, and contributes unique multidisciplinary datasets that add value to other ocean observation systems.

Since operating as a National Facility, and now as Tritonia Scientific Ltd., our diving has supported studies investigating topics as diverse as sea-level measurement, water-quality assessment, light measurement, functional ecology, cell biology, animal genomics, paleoclimatology, ocean acidification, biogeochemistry, eco-physiology, habitat mapping and science-based maritime archaeology. 

Our research has been conducted across the UK and Europe, in all the World’s oceans, and in temperate, tropical and polar conditions.

Recent Research Highlights

A diving based study of UK kelp forests, undertaken over a latitudinal gradient, has shown that carbon assimilation and transfer through temperate marine ecosystems will be diminished under a warmer ocean climate. 

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MBA Plymouth and Aberystwyth University

Photogrammetric techniques have been used to accurately estimate the levels of coral bleaching and coral mortality in the Chagos Archipelago.

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UCL and Bangor University

Diving supported accurate multi-scale coring, injection and extraction of samples used to determine the dynamics of pore water in subsurface sediments at the site of a controlled CO2 release experiment.

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Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and others

Diving-based collections of long-lived bivalve molluscs have been used in a number of paleoclimatic studies that are reconstructing ocean variability over scales ranging from seasonal to multi-centennial.

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Cardiff University, Bangor University, University of Exeter and Keele University

Comparison of established and photogrammetric techniques evaluated their respective accuracy and efficiency for estimating calcification rates and carbonate budgeting of coral reef systems.

University of Exeter

Samples collected using diving supported studies of the genetic diversity, phylogeography and morphology of Elphidiidae (Foraminifera) in the Northeast Atlantic.

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University of Edinburgh, University of St Andrews and others

Diving is providing the baseline data required for testing the effectiveness of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) as tools for monitoring and mapping the seabed in Marine Protected Areas.

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Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)

Deep water diving in the eastern Mediterranean has resulted in the discovery of a new species of filamentous brown algae.

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University of Aberdeen

Underwater photogrammetry techniques have been employed to improve marine growth estimates on artificial habitats with direct relevance to the processes that will be required for future oil and gas platform decommissioning. 

Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and industry partners