Application of Technical Diving Technology to the Study of Natural and Artificial Reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Title: Application of Technical Diving Technology to the Study of Natural and Artificial Reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.
Author: Dokken, QR
Abstract: Technical diving technology including deep air diving, decompression, nitrox, and trimix has been utilized by scientists and students of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Center for Coastal Studies to conduct studies on natural and artificial reefs in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. This technology has provided access to habitats at greater depths and for longer dive duration. The organizational framework, training programs, project planning and management determine safety and effectiveness of advanced dive operations for scientific purposes. Each project site is unique which must be factored into project planning. Participants are evaluated and selected based on training, experience, capability, motivation, and emotional maturity. Leadership and management must be clearly defined and followed. Although the emerging technology of advanced technical diving has substantial potential for advancing scientific exploration, its incorporation into science has been slow. While techniques that have largely come from the cave diving community have applicability to open water projects, it is likely that newer advancements in technology such as rebreathers will eventually become the "norm" for advanced scientific diving.
Description: American Academy of Underwater Sciences (http://www.aaus.org/)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/9001
Date: 1999

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