Our
Equipment

  • ROV, Underwater Suspension Manipulator VVL-XF-CU Max. operating depth: 150 m;
  • ROV Comex Super Archile; Max. operating depth: 1000 m
    (available only for targeted projects - in cooperation with Planet Blue Diving Center);
  • Lowrance StructureScan® HD Sonar Imaging System;
  • 360° Rotary Underwater Camera Catcher;
  • Nobeltec InSight Sounder;
  • Mariner 1100™ High-Definition Underwater Robotic Camera System;
  • 3 VV grab sampler;
  • Benthic dredge;
  • Underwater temperature and light intensity loggers;
  • 2 plankton nets (200 μm);
  • Water sampler for depths down to 100 m;
  • Electric winch with long-line for experimental fishing down to 2000m;
  • Temperature, salinity and pH meter & secchi disks;
  • Hydrophones for cetacean sound acoustic surveying;
  • Pre-amplifiers;
  • Digital recording systems for the hydrophones;
  • Transect lines and quadrants for visual-census surveys;
  • Permanent quadrants and transects;
  • Experimental aquaria.

Archipelagos possesses its own independent diving center, situated only a few meters from the sea. The diving center contains all equipment necessary for scuba diving and snorkel-based surveys and is used to support the study and conservation of underwater biodiversity in the northeastern Aegean. Our diving equipment includes:

  • 20 complete scuba diving sets (regulators, BCDs etc.);
  • 30 diving tanks;
  • Paramina Typhoon Silent Compressor, offering high quality breathing air and complying with applicable EU directives;
  • 30 complete snorkeling sets (wet suits, masks, fins etc);
  • 1 Ocean Reef wireless underwater communication system.

Taking underwater pictures is essential to preserve the beauty of marine organisms. To support our research and prepare environmental awareness campaigns, Archipelagos uses a wide variety of cameras. They are available for scuba divers and snorkelers, while other recording devices can be suspended from the boats.

  • 1 underwater housing and lights for a Sony digital video camera, for shots down to 70 m depth;
  • 2 underwater housings and lights for a JVC digital video camera, for shots down to 70 m depth;
  • 1 Ikelite underwater housing for a Canon EOS 30 photo camera;
  • 1 Ikelite underwater housing for a Nikon photo camera;
  • 1 Sea life underwater housing;
  • 1 Ikelite Auto 35 underwater housing;
  • 3 Ikelite underwater flashes;
  • 2 underwater housings for digital photo cameras.

For the implementation of research into the fauna, flora and overall ecosystem health of the terrestrial habitats of the eastern Aegean islands, the following equipment is used:

  • 3 HD camera traps;
  • 2 lapse cameras;
  • Megaphone and recorder for bioacoustics (for jackals, birds etc.);
  • Calipers;
  • Digital thermometers;
  • Compasses;
  • Torches;
  • Increment borer;
  • Silva Clinomaster clinometers;
  • Digital probes for Ph, dissolved oxygen, temperature, conductivity;
  • GPS;
  • Geopacks flowmeter;
  • Surber sampling net – 1 mm mesh;
  • 2 pond nets.

Archipelagos’ non-governmental, non-profit laboratory is the first of its kind in Greece. It is equipped with instruments which allow us to analyze water and soil, as well as the microplastic content in the marine food chain and ecosystems. All techniques used in the Archipelagos laboratory are certified and produce reliable, scientific results.

  • 1 Perkin Elmer atomic absorption spectrometer;
  • System for microbiological analyses of total coli forms and E-Coli in water, IDEXX Water Microbiology;
  • 2 Thermolyne incubator type I42300;
  • 1 Automatic heater for water bath, model CB 8300 (RESUN);
  • 1 Autoclave;
  • 1 UV lamp ZF- 7A Spectroline model CM-10;
  • 1 LaMotte smart spectrophotometer;
  • 3 Analogue spectrophotometers S104 WPA;
  • 1 Hanna C99 multiparameter bench photometer;
  • 1 Light meter, EXTECH instruments 401025;
  • 1 Soil test kit, LaMotte AST-15;
  • 1 Digital arsenator (Wagtech);
  • 1 Pinpoint salinity monitor;
  • 1 Milwaukee MW600 dissolved oxygen meter;
  • 1 Martini Instruments portable pH/temperature meter;
  • 1 Digital thermometer;
  • 1 Membrane pH meter, HANNA HI 8314;
  • 1 Centrifuge model 80- 2;
  • 1 Centrifuge (MSE);
  • Equipment for Thin-layer chromatography analysis;
  • 1 KDI micro-viewer, model -501;
  • 1 monocular microscope x1000;
  • 1 monocular microscope x400;
  • 4 dissecting microscopes – (Essex University donation);
  • 4 Balances, 40 g, 200 g, 500 g and 5.2 kg;
  • 1 Vacuum pump;
  • Laboratory glassware (volumetric flasks, beakers, funnels, Erlenmeyer flasks, volumetric cylinders, volumetric pipettes, separating funnels), laboratory mortar, sieves and filtration equipment.
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