Research vessel Skagerak outside Kristineberg research station.
Photo: Carl Kristensson

Study Facilities on board R/V Skagerak

R/V Skagerak is the University of Gothenburg’s newly comissioned research vessel. Skagerak is equipped for teaching in all marine science disciplines: biology, geology, chemistry, and physical oceanography.

Teaching on Skagerak

Classes on board R/V Skagerak may consist of gathering samples that students examine either onboard, or analyse results back on land, as well as taking in situ measurements using the advanced equipment on board. From the spacy aft deck, students can follow the sampling activities, for example water sampling and monitoring using the CTD, or sediment coring. The on-board labs are large, and can host groups of up to ten students.
The shortest trips are just a couple of hours long sailing just a short distance from harbor. The longest field components onboard Skagerak consist of several days at sea. In those courses, meals are served in the galley and students stay overnight in the cabins on board.
Skagerak is used widely in our teaching programmes in all marine science disciplines: biology, geology, chemistry, and physical oceanography.

Skagerak in the Master’s programmes

Skagerak is used in course modules in several Master’s programmes at the University of Gothenburg, such as Marine Science, Physical Oceanography, Geology, and Chemistry.
How much of your programme is taught on-board depends on your choice of Master’s programme and specialisation.
R/V Nereus is used for students taking the Master’s programme in Sea and Society.

Master's students with sediment samples.
Marine geology is mucky! Master's students with sediment samples.

Skagerak in Free-standing courses

Skagerak is also used in free-standing courses with a marine focus at both ground and advanced level, where students can come from a background in, for example, geology, chemistry, or technology.
Examples of such courses are: Marine geology, Marine environmental geology, and Applied analytical chemistry in marine science.

Research on Skagerak

Research on board Skagerak encompasses all the marine science disciplines: biology, chemistry, physical oceanography, and geology. Research within atmospheric science is also possible from the vessel. By using Skagerak’s advanced equipment and instrumentation, scientists can take samples and measurements from sediment, water, and air for investigations.

Skagerak is also an ideal platform for research with autonomous vessels and robots launched from the vessel, such as benthic landers, AUVs, ROVs, and smaller robotic equipment such as sailbuoys and ocean gliders.

A benthic lander deployed from Skagerak.
A benthic lander is used in seafloor chemistry research. The photo was taken outside the Swedish island Gotland, when R/V Skagerak was used in research on eutrophication in the Baltic Sea.