The IMAR unit of the University of the Azores (IMAR-UAc) is a research institution specialized in oceanic studies. Uniquely located in the middle of the North Atlantic and with a strong association with the Department of Oceanography and Fisheries of the University of the Azores, IMAR-UAc has specialized in open-ocean and deep-sea ecosystem functioning and management. In this oceanic context, IMAR-UAc research activities fall under 5 interconnected themes: Global Change, Blue Economy, Technology, Governance and Literacy.
IMAR - UAc offers:
Given its privileged location, IMAR-UAc offers the unique opportunity to study a diversity of oceanic ecosystems and environments that are usually too remote and difficult to access: seamounts, hydrothermal vents, abyssal plains, pelagic and mesopelagic realms and the vast Mid-Atlantic Ocean Ridge.
To access these ecosystems , IMAR-UAc provides fully equipped oceanic research vessels and a wide array of equipment, facilities and diving support adapted to open-sea, deep-sea and coastal studies. Two in-situ natural laboratories are worth mentioning: the Condor sea-mount and the D. João de Castro shallow water hydrothermal vent field.
IMAR-UAc provides access to both wild and cultivated marine organisms and to several facilities for maintenance, culture and experimental work, of which the AquaLab and the DeepSeaLab stand out. Several fully-equiped laboratories and wet labs are also available to conduct research.
In addition, IMAR-UAc provides expert advice for research, industry and decision-makers in matters relating with the marine environment (e.g.: monitoring and conservation), aquaculture, fisheries and biotechnology.