A month into the academic year the new cohort of master students convene at our Orkney ICIT Campus for a week of work focusing on renewable energies and blue growth. During this week the students had the opportunity to head out on shore surveys, visit marine renewable sites around Orkney. Those who are qualified joined our senior dive team and undertook quadrat surveys and video transects. These types of surveys are used regularly by our active scientific dive team to monitor current research sites. Pictured below predive left to right are Maddy Wild, Sam Freeman, Jay Ramday, Bernabé Moreno and Dr Bill Sanderson. Also pictured, the all-important practice shots of the Orkney carpets during the briefing on lining up your shot and some inaction shots of the team!
Hannah is a PhD student at Heriot-Watt university as well as a member of the Heriot-Watt dive team. Hannahs work focuses on blue carbon - the carbon locked up in our oceans - and the role bivalve shellfish play in carbon cycling. Her dive training started in the tropical climes of Mexico, however, her more recent dives have consisted of the slightly less tropical but no less beautiful coastline of North Wales and Scotland. Certainly colder!