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The Marine Infrastructure

The Marine Infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg consists of two marine field stations / research stations and one larger research vessel.

Two marine stations

The stations at Kristineberg and on Tjärnö are two of Europe’s most modern marine laboratories, with unique possibilities to conduct advanced experimental work. Both stations have a well-developed running sea-water system, scientific laboratories of high international standard, high-tech instrumentation as well as accommodation and a restaurant. Severals ships up to 16 metres in length enable to study and collect material from coastal waters. A number of researchers active in marine sciences are working at the stations, in fields such as marine biology, marine chemistry, oceanography and marine geology.

The research stations have a large number of laboratories supplied with water from the surface and sea bottom drawn directly from the Gullmar fjord respectively the Koster fjord. In many of them, both air and water temperatures can be controlled along with light levels. Outdoor experimental facilities consist of a greenhouse and installations for what is known as open-tank experimentation ("ecotrons") with access to a through-flowing supply of both surface and deep water from the fjords.

Experienced technical and administrative personnel are at hand to offer help and advice. The workshop personnel are able to help both with new construction and repair of the equipment. The boat crews will gladly share their experience of collecting marine material, and how heavy and delicate testing equipment should be handled.

Larger ship

The research vessel Skagerak, length 38 metres, is fully equipped for marine research and education in water depth down to 1000 metres. The trained and experienced crew is familiar with handling and deploying scientific equipment. Maximal endurance at sea is 14 days. During longer expeditions Skagerak can take 10 scientists/students, with a crew of 6.

University of Gothenburg has ordered a new ship for research and education, with the same name as the existing. It will replace the 50-year-old ship Skagerak. The new vessel will be 49 metres long, 11 metres wide and will have a displacement of about 1000 tonnes. More advanced technical equipment will be Autonomous Underwatere Vehicle (AUV) and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The vessel will have a crew of 5 and can accommodate 16 researchers and students.


Peter Tiselius, director Marine Infrastructure
+46 31 786 95 39

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