Since 2008, the Marine Board European Scientific Diving Panel (ESDP) has acted as a European operational platform to advance underwater scientific excellence and to promote and implement a practical support framework for scientific diving related activities.
Scientific diving supports professional research and education as well as the protection, conservation and monitoring of the natural and cultural environment. It is a highly-productive, cost-effective research tool. Scientific diving is quite different from recreational or commercial diving. It provides the technical capability to be an "intelligent monitoring system", greatly extending the possibilities of ship supported/based
monitoring techniques. Scientific diving exists in a health and safety framework that involves certified scientific divers, diving officers,
scientific project leaders, heads of laboratories, administrators and legislators.
ESDP is a focused and technical panel which delivers concrete outputs in the form of European scientific diving standards and consultation documents. Consultation documents are available for download on the following topics:
ESDP network at the 10th ESDP meeting (ICUA, Zadar, Croatia, 20-21 March 2013)
Back row (left to right): Preslav Peev (Institute of Oceanology, Bulgaria), Jouni Leinikki (Finnish Scientific Diving Steering Association), Donat Petricioli (DIIV ltd. / Coordination of Scientific Divers of Croatia), Martin Sayer (NERC/SAMS, UK; ESDP Chair), Tihomir Makovec (National Institute of Biology, Slovenia), Vladimir Onofri (Marine Coastal Institute in Dubrovnik/ Coordination of Scientific Divers of Croatia), Luka Bekić (International Centre for Underwater Archaeology, Zadar, Croatia), Mladen Pešić (International Centre for Underwater Archaeology, Zadar, Croatia). Middle row (left to right): Philipp Fischer (AWI, Germany), Volkan Demir (Istanbul University, Turkey), Wanda Plaiti (Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Crete, Greece), Kate Larkin (Marine Board), Tjaša Kogovšek (National Institute of Biology, Slovenia), Merli Pärnoja (University of Tartu, Estonian Marine Institute), Jurica Bezak (Croatian Conservation Institute / Coordination of Scientific Divers of Croatia), Miran Erič (Institute for the protection of cultural heritage of R. Slovenia), Ante Plančić (Red-Tech ltd. / Coordination of Scientific Divers of Croatia). Front row (left to right): Dobroslav Dechev (Institute of Oceanology, Bulgaria), Maria Asplund (Kristineberg Marine Research Station, Sweden), Andrej Jaklin (Centre for Marine Research, Rovinj, Croatia), Kaire Kaljurand (University of Tartu, Estonian Marine Institute)