On board laboratory keeps Otago at top of field
Wednesday 10 June 2015
The new class 100 clean laboratory is lifted onto the RV Tangaroa for its maiden voyage last month.
The University of Otago/NIWA Research Centre for Oceanography has had a brand new shipping container turned into a clean laboratory for use on board research vessels – keeping New Zealand on the map internationally for research on marine biogeochemical cycles of trace elements.
The Centre, which was established in 1996 by a memorandum of Understanding signed between NIWA and the University of Otago, won the Prime Minister’s Science Prize in 2011.
Centre Director Research Associate Professor Sylvia Sander of Chemistry says the Class 100 clean laboratory was funded through the Prime Minister’s Science Prize money.
It has just finished its maiden voyage – a three-week sampling trip on board the NIWA RV Tangaroa with Dr Rob Middag – taking samples from the Hauraki Gulf and over the shelf to the east as part of a Marsden funded research project.
Associate Professor Sander says while the Centre has used modified shipping containers as on board laboratories previously, this is the first time it has had a new container fitted out professionally and for this purpose.
Associate Professor Sander says the container laboratory keeps the University of Otago/NIWA Research Centre for Oceanography at the same level as its contemporaries across the globe.