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Tjärnö Marine Laboratory and research vessel Nereus
Tjärnö Marine Laboratory and R/V Nereus.
Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist
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Marine Infrastructure

The Department of Marine Sciences is the host department for the Marine Infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg, which is a national and international resource for research, education, innovation and cooperation within the marine sciences. The infrastructure consists of three parts: the two marine stations Kristineberg Marine Research Station and Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, and the larger research vessel R/V Skagerak.

Two marine stations

The marine 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.
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 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.

The marine stations have disposal over the two smaller research vessels Nereus and Oskar, and over a number of smaller boats. The stations also have ROVs.

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.

R/V Skagerak

Old R/V Skagerak

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 5.

New R/V Skagerak

University of Gothenburg has ordered a new ship for research and education, with the same name as the existing. It will replace the nearly 60-year-old ship Skagerak. More advanced technical equipment will be hydroacoustic measurement instruments, several modern laboratories, and a quarterdeck suitable for deployment of autonomous underwater vessels. The vessel will have a crew 6 and can accommodate 16 researchers and students.

Organisation

The Marine Infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg is a university-wide research infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg. The Department of Marine Sciences is the host department of the Marine Infrastructure.

Steering group

The steering group shall work holistically for the progress of the research infrastructure.
From 2019-12-31 and not longer than 2025-12-31, the steering group consists of the following members:

  • Ole Arve Misund, chairman, Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway
  • Peter Tiselius, University of Gothenburg (director, the Marine Infrastructure)
  • Mats Lindegarth, University of Gothenburg (permanent scientist)
  • Lisa Jönsson Bergman, University of Gothenburg (user outside host department)
  • Anders Blomberg, University of Gothenburg (user outside host department)
  • Lena Gipperth, University of Gothenburg Centre for Sea and Society
  • Joakim Hjelm, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Clare Bradshaw, Stockholm University
  • Fredrik Gröndahl, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Jessica Hjerpe Olausson, Region Västra Götaland
  • Ida-Maja Hassellöv, Chalmers University of Technology

and adjunct or non-voting members:

  • Henrik Pavia, University of Gothenburg (Head of Department, host department)
  • Kerstin Johannesson, University of Gothenburg (Station Manager, Tjärnö)
  • Per Hall, University of Gothenburg (acting station manager, R/V Skagerak)