Laboratory of Experimental Oceanology and Marine ecology

“They didn’t know it was impossible, so they did it”

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The Laboratory of Experimental Oceanology and Marine Ecology (LOSEM) was founded in 2001 and it’s located inside the Port of Civitavecchia from 2005. LOSEM consist of 200 sqm of offices and laboratories (electronics lab, ecology lab, optical lab, oceanographic instrumentation lab and library with approximately 1000 reference titles) and 180 sqm of warehouse, where the oceanographic instrumentation is stored. The instrumental equipment includes instrumentation and tools for scientific research, for a value of about 3 million euros, including a steel vessel of about 8.5 m and two rubber dinghies. To date, 27 people, among professors, graduate students, research fellows, recipients of scholarship, consultants and technicians engaged in various research areas, work at LOSEM, coordinated by prof. Marco Marcelli.

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Technological Development

This research field is dedicated to the study of pelagic and coastal ecosystems, focusing on the design and realization of innovative instruments and multi-sensor platforms for the measurement of biological, optical, physical and chemical variables of seawater, and the study of marine ecosystems at different temporal and spatial scales.

Marine Ecosystems

This area of research is focused on two major subjects: the study of pelagic ecosystems, carried out through the acquisition and processing of data collected in the field during oceanographic and measurement campaigns and through the appilcation of mathematical models that simulate ecosystem dynamics (interactions between physical and biological processes in micro, meso and macro scale), with particular reference to primary production. The second subject focuses on the study and monitoring of benthic communities, with particular reference to Posidonia oceanica meadows.

Coastal Dynamics

This area of research is focused on three major subjects: coastal dynamic, focused on the study of hydrodynamic processes through the use and development of two-dimensional and three-dimensional numerical models; sedimentology, which includes studies on the evolution of seashores, coastal erosion and geochronological approach to problems related to coastal sediment transport; geochemistry, including the characterization of the continental contributions in relation to anthropogenic sources and sources of pollution coming from the coast.

"How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean"


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