Coastal Biogeochemistry Platform
The Coastal Biogeochemistry Platform
is housed at the Ocean Sciences
Campus of the Nelson Mandela
University in Port Elizabeth. The platform
currently consists of a Seal AA3 nutrient auto
analyser (to measure marine and estuarine
water for SiO4, NO3-, NO2-, NH4+ and PO43-), a
Milli-Q water purification system (to supply
Type 1 Ultra-pure water), a Turner Designs
fluorometer (to measure chlorophyll-a),
a Hitachi UV-Vis spectrophotometer
(to measure dissolved oxygen, pH and
chlorophyll-a) and a Walz PHYTO-PAM
fluorometer (to measure chlorophyll content
and photosynthetic efficiency of microalgae).
The laboratory will be expanded to also
include a Flash Elemental Analyser (to
measure nitrogen and carbon in sediment,
organic material, seawater and on filters).
The laboratory is operated by a dedicated
team consisting of a marine biogeochemist,
a laboratory technician and an intern.
The laboratory accepts samples from all the
SMCRI Sentinel Sites and affiliated research
projects around the coast of South Africa.
Close links have also been forged with other
Research Infrastructures forming part of the
SARIR, in particular the Expanded Freshwater
and Terrestrial Environmental Observation
Network (EFTEON) and the Biogeochemistry
Research Infrastructure Platform.