Η ιδιαίτερα σημαντική βιοποικιλότητα των οικοσυστημάτων που βρίσκονται στα βαθιά νερά είναι ελάχιστα γνωστή, σε διαρκή, όμως, κίνδυνο εξαιτίας των αυξανόμενων ανθρωπογενών πιέσεων. Η προσέγγιση και καταγραφή οικοσυστημάτων σε μεγάλα βάθη είναι δύσκολο εγχείρημα. Ήδη, όμως, σε προηγούμενες πιλοτικές αποστολές καταγράψαμε περισσότερα από 250 είδη σε μία έκταση μόλις 7.000 τετραγωνικών μέτρων. Με σύγχρονο ερευνητικό

Using GIS and Remote Sensing for Conservation

We (Emma, Casey, and Luciana) have now been working on the GIS Team at Archipelagos for the past eight weeks, allowing for the opportunity to work on many interesting projects. We all arrived around the same time at Archipelagos and it has been very beneficial to collaborate and exchange ideas and knowledge when tackling new

GIS Mapping as a Key Tool in Marine Conservation

Inge joined the Archipelagos GIS team in April 2019 for a research internship to complete her Master’s degree in Geographical Information Management and Application at the University of Utrecht, in the Netherlands. She uses spatial data and geo-information as a key tool in providing answers to complex issues concerning the conservation of our environment, since

Microplastics Research at Archipelagos

Microplastics found under microscope analysis in the facilities of Archipelago Institute. Microplastics are anthropogenic pollutants that enter the water column in two different ways: either as primary sources, known as nurdles or pellets, or as secondary sources from larger plastics fragmented by sun, wind and water forces. These particles measure up to 5mm and are

Acoustic Monitoring of Marine Mammals

Bioacoustics is the study of sound produced by living organisms and how sound affects them. It’s an important area of research especially in the marine world as sound is amplified underwater and acoustic interactions are thought to be just as important as visual interaction. Cetaceans produce 3 distinct types of noise: Whistles – This type
Background Public awareness is rising for the danger plastics are causing to the marine environment, but it can still improve further. Tourists are a major part of a beaches population during the summer months of a year, their presence can have both positive and negative effects. They bring many items to the beach and can
Recognising an individual within a study population is a key issue in many behavioural and ecological studies of animals. A good method for this is photo-identification (photo-ID), a technique that is based on the repeated identification of individuals through pictures. It is an important, non-invasive tool since marine mammals do not have to be physically

Restart of Bird Monitoring: Return of the Flamingos!

As winter arrives, it brings along various species of birds that are travelling from different parts of the world, migrating from their origin to seek better food resources, nesting areas, and climate conditions that correspond to changes in their environment. Due to the collective anthropogenic impacts worldwide, which have accumulated overtime since the industrialisation period
An important part of science is the way it is presented. The media team plays a large role in this at Archipelagos. Infographics, scientific posters, business cards; our interns are always designing things to communicate what we do at the institute. A primary part of our work  is data visualisation. Data visualisation is the presentation

Turtle Stranding Events in the Mediterranean

Here at Archipelagos we have a stranding response program put in place in order to deal with both live and dead strandings. When a live stranding is reported, the team administer first aid to the animal if required. The turtle is then either returned straight back to the water or brought back to the base