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Uncovering the underwater world

25 August 2007

Guiding Light, bought by the School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences last year, is a 11 metre catamaran equipped with the latest geophysical equipment and navigational systems.

On Saturday 25 August, the public will be able to step aboard Guiding Light and view the underwater world of Cardiff Bay.

Underwater cameras fitted to the vessel will reveal images of the sea bed and fish species, and children will be able to use the boat’s seabed 'grab', a device that samples sediment from the sea floor. Dr Chris Wooldridge, a senior lecturer at the School will also demonstrate the vessels scientific equipment.

Commenting on the day, Dr Wooldridge said: "Guiding Light allows us to study the underwater world in a visual and accessible way. The coastal waters around Wales have a wide variety of habitats, ecosystems and geology. I’m pleased that the School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences is involved in the Harbour Festival, and that Guiding Light can be used to provide the public with a different perspective of the coastline and submarine features of Cardiff Bay".

A Cardiff University marquee, organised by the University’s Community Engagement team, will showcase some of the School’s important marine research projects at the Festival, and staff will be on hand to talk to interested members of the public about their research and findings.

Guiding Light supports the School’s research and teaching activities and is also employed as a floating classroom in a number of community based programmes designed to bring the underwater world to a wider audience.