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UNIVERSITY OF AZORES - INSTITUTO DO MAR (IMAR)

Overview

Institute of Marine Research (IMAR) is a private and non-profit organisation, recognised as being of public utility. The founding members of IMAR are the majority of the Portuguese universities that undertake research in Marine Science and Technology. IMAR-UAc (the IMAR unit of the University of Azores) includes several researchers from the University of Azores (mostly belonging to the Department of Oceanography and Fisheries - DOP) and researchers employed by IMAR. IMAR offers TA services for ASSEMBLE Plus, for which CCMAR is the Portugese partner.

This unit has a strong expertise on oceanic studies, with teams working on fisheries, aquaculture, oceanography, genetics, ecology, ecotoxicology, biotechnology and telemetry. IMAR-UAc promotes R&D in marine sciences and technology, multidisciplinary marine research, education, and links with governmental and private organisations and with the society as a whole. Presently, IMAR-UAc is developing its research activities under 5 interconnected themes: Global Change, Blue Economy, Technology, Governance and Literacy.

Ecosystems

  • Pelagic and mesopelagic realms
  • Seamounts
  • Hydrothermal vents
  • Mid-ocean ridges
  • Abyssal plains

 

Ecosystem access

  • Coastal research vessels
    • Access to Azores, Coastal Ecosystems, Intertidal, Subtidal, Hydrothermal vent, Seamount, Oceanic Ecosystems
    • RV Águas Vivas
    • Inflatable boats (RHIBs)
  • Submersibles
    • ROV SP (300m) and Lander, operated from IMAR's RVs by allocated technical personnel
  • Scuba diving facilities
    • Access to Azores, Coastal Ecosystems, Intertidal, Subtidal, Hydrothermal vent, Seamount, Oceanic Ecosystems
    • Diving equipment is available, users are encouraged to bring their own basic equipment
  • Sampling equipment
    • In-situ laboratories (located at Condor sea-mount and shallow water hydrothermal vent field)

 

Experimental facilities

  • Wet labs
    • Two general wet labs for biological sampling, and a controlled temperature chamber for running experiments
  • Dry labs
    • Oceanography lab
    • Histology and sclerochronologyry lab
    • Optical microscopy lab
    • Analytical instruments lab
    • Ecotoxicology and analytical chemistry lab 
    • Genetics and molecular biology lab 

 

Other

The integration of users in the infrastructure will be supported through IMAR-UAc secretariat office. Logistical, technical and scientific advice may be offered, according to the objectives of the individual researchers or teams on similar terms with the resident researchers. 

 

Acronym: 
IMAR
Address: 
IMAR- Instututo do Mar, Departamento de Oceanografia e Pescas da Universidade dos Açores
Rua Prof. Doutor Frederico Machado, nº4
9901-862 Horta – Azores
Portugal
E-mail: 

Liaison officer: Eduardo J. L.F. Isidro (eduardo.jl.isidro@uac.pt), cc to: ccmarassemble@ualg.pt

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