University Marine Biological Station Millport
Biofouling Resistant Infrastructure for Measuring, Observing and Monitoring
Dr Fiona Hannah
The performance of oceanographic measuring instruments, routinely used in marine research and monitoring programmes, is compromised by biofouling. The objective of BRIMOM, a project within the EU FP5 EESD Programme, is to develop and demonstrate a generic set of modifications to deter biofouling on a range of in situ oceanographic instruments. Successful anti-fouling modifications would allow data of higher quality to be generated with less instrument maintenance, thereby improving the research infrastructure for marine measurement, observing and monitoring.
Work began at UMBSM in November 2002 on BRIMOM. This project is co-ordinated by Prof. Mike Cowling and his group at the Glasgow Marine Technology Centre (GMTC). The consortium of research centres involved in the project is GMTC, Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), Forschungzentrum Geesthacht GmbH (GKSS), Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Oceanographic Company of the Netherlands (OCN), Chelsea Instruments (CIL) and ourselves (UMBSM).
In the past UMBSM, under the direction of Prof. John Davenport, has worked closely with Prof. Cowling’s group on several successful EC Mast projects on biofouling. Dr Fiona Hannah (Microbiology) hopes to continue this successful link and has enlisted the help of Phil Cowie, who will be employed as the postdoctoral researcher for the project.
This project is funded under the European Union Fifth Framework Programme.