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Physical Oceanography Laboratory

The Laboratory of Physical Oceanography provides teaching support to all subjects of the carreer. It has a Wet Lab facility, as well as a sieve for analysis of sediment samples (mainly sand).

The main equipment it has for its operations are: weather vanes (currents by the Lagrangian method), kits for coastal observations (chronometers, compasses, boards), hand anemometer, theodolite, level, fishfinder type echo sounder, multiparametric probe (Temperature / Conductivity / O2), GPS (Global Positioning System), and a drone for topographic surveys and aerial reconnaissance.

Laboratory Head: MSc. Eduardo Cervantes Bernabé. ecervan@espol.edu.ec

Technician Teacher in charge of the Laboratory: Eng. Joseph Villarreal Villarreal. jcvillar@espol.edu.ec

Biological Oceanography Laboratory

The Laboratory of Biological Oceanography is a specialized infrastructure for the study and analysis of marine organisms; and its relationship with the physical environment.

The main equipment it has for its works are: microscopes, inverted microscope, stereomicroscopes, Bogorov cameras, Folsom plankton splitter, phyto-zooplankton nets, and a Niskin water sample bottle.

Laboratory Head: PhD. Franklin Ormaza González. formaza@espol.edu.ec

Technician Teacher in charge of the Laboratory: Eng. Viviana Santander Rodríguez. vipasant@espol.edu.ec

Hydraulic Laboratory

This laboratory of ESPOL is located in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Production Sciences (FIMCP), and is of shared use among the careers of Mechanics, Civil, Naval and Oceanography. It has an experimental tank (features). In this space, practices of the course of marine waves (generation of waves, movements of the particle under a wave regime) are carried out.

CENAIM (Centro Nacional de Acuicultura e Investigaciones Marinas)

CENAIM is a recognized center at the regional level, and its main objective is research in Aquaculture and Mariculture. It has a weekly monitoring program of oceanographic conditions in the "El Pelado" islet (5 miles from the coast), which allows studying the climatic variability of the area, its relationship with large-scale ocean-atmospheric events ( as El Niño-Southern Oscillation), as well as the impact of these variations on the aquaculture sector. The information generated by this station contributes to the ERFEN program (Regional Study of the El Niño Phenomenon), of which ESPOL is a part.

The field trips of Physical Oceanography, Biological Oceanography and Equatorial Oceanography generally take this center as a base, to make samples in the surroundings of the islet El Pelado. Among the equipment available from this center for oceanographic operations are: a CTD (Conductivity-Temperature-Depth) Sontek Castaway, and an wave gauge-ADCP Nortek AWAC.