The value of closed-circuit rebreathers for biological research
Pyle, R. L.
Lobel, Phillip S.
Tomoleoni, J. A.
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Citation (published version)RL Pyle, PS Lobel, JA Tomoleoni. 2016. "The Value of Closed-Circuit Rebreathers for Biological Research." Rebreathers and Scientific Diving: Proceedings of NPS/NOAA/DAN/AAUS June 16-19, 2015 Workshop. Rebreathers and Scientific Diving. Wrigley Marine Science Center, Catalina Island, California, 2015-02-16 - 2015-02-19.
Closed-circuit rebreathers have been used for underwater biological research since the late 1960s, but have only started to gain broader application within scientific diving organizations within the past two decades. Rebreathers offer certain specific advantages for such research, especially for research involving behavior and surveys that depend on unobtrusive observers or for a stealthy approach to wildlife for capture and tagging, research that benefits from extended durations underwater, and operations requiring access to relatively deep (>50 m) environments (especially in remote locations). Although many institutions have been slow to adopt rebreather technology within their diving programs, recent developments in rebreather technology that improve safety, standardize training requirements, and reduce costs of equipment and maintenance, will likely result in a trend of increasing utilization of rebreathers for underwater biological research.
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