Bureau Waardenburg
Varkensmarkt 9
4101 CK Culemborg
the Netherlands
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Underwater Research

Making the invisible visible

Divers obtain a unique impression of underwater ecosystems and often provide the quickest way to collect information underwater. In addition, observations made under the water surface can add immense value to information from other sampling techniques. Over time these observations can identify trends that would otherwise remain invisible.

Our certified professional divers have extensive experience of carrying out research underwater and the challenges this presents. From 2013, the Bureau Waardenburg professional divers will be fully certified for diving at offshore installations (Surface supplied, IMCA and HSE approved). Our divers collect both samples (such as soil fauna, fish, aquatic plants and crayfish) and also visual observations that can provide a useful insight into explaining the results of the samples. We often make use of underwater cameras to record and report our findings both as still images and in films.

Besides our diving team, Bureau Waardenburg also has a 'drop-cam' video system. This system involves lowering a camera mounted in a frame into the water. The camera is controlled from off of a boat and allows the rapid viewing of many locations or in areas where the use of divers is not possible. This system has been recently used to collect images of the Zeeuwse and Voordelta musselbanks and in determining the extent of the oxygenation problem in the Grevelingen.

As well as work in the Netherlands, such as surveys and experiments conducted in both freshwater (e.g. Volkerak-Zoommeer and the IJsselmeer) and saline areas (e.g. North Sea, Wadden Sea and the Delta), our divers have experience of carrying out scientific research abroad.