Applications of computer science and information technology in marine research

Dr Mark Gibbs and Dr Ross Vennell
Department of MarinemnScience, University of Otago

Research methods in marine science have changed dramatically over the last decade and the traditional
methods of collecting waster samples, animals and plants have largely been replaced by complex scientific
instrumentation. These instruments are self contained and may be moored in the ocean for long periods or
deployed from small boats and large ships. The widespread use of electronic instrumentation has led to a
strong demand for people with skills in electronics and computer science for both the development
and operation of these instruments and also post-processing of the data. In this seminar we give an
introduction to the opportunities for people with computers science skills in marine science and some of the
marine research currently conducted in the University.