Scotland’s Aberdeen University has opened a new £4.4 million (€5.05 million) research lab dedicated to understanding the marine environment, the Scottish government announced yesterday.

Scotland’s Aberdeen University has opened a new £4.4 million (€5.05 million) research lab dedicated to understanding the marine environment, the Scottish government announced yesterday.

The university already boasts one laboratory dedicated to the marine environment, known as Oceanlab. The second complex, known as Oceanlab 2, will provide additional capacity to allow for the exploration of “every part of the sea from its shores to its furthest depths,” a statement by the Scottish government said.

Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead, who opened the facility on Tuesday commented: “Improving our understanding of the marine environment is key, so leading research institutions like Oceanlab clearly have a vital role to play in terms of increasing Scotland's competitive edge and keeping us at the forefront of international marine research."

Researchers at the Oceanlab facilities will study various impacts on the world’s oceans. The new centre provides further opportunity to investigate the effects of global warming through the use of special ‘climate chambers’ allowing for the simulation of rising temperatures and carbon dioxide levels.

The technology available at Oceanlab has already led to breakthroughs in capturing the deepest ever images of living fish and the discovery of new species.

Professor Monty Priede, Director of Oceanlab, said: "Oceanlab is already contributing greatly to Scottish and global marine science as well as providing a service to the subsea industry.

"It offers us space to welcome scientists from around the world to come and work with us on important new research."

Photo by Oceanlab.


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