Inland Waters

Essential equipment for field-work, such as specialized boats, high-capacity electrofishing devices, sampling devices for benthic fauna, portable devices for measuring physicochemical and electromagnetic multi-parameters (flowmeter, turbimeter, oxygenmeter, fluorometer, photometer, lysimeter, distancemeter, for BOD measurements, grab (sampler), GPS, Secchi disk, etc), automatic monitoring systems for hydrometeorological and physicochemical parameters, rain collectors, drones, Jeeps and a mobile laboratory vehicle.

Marine Biological Resources

  • Research Vessel “Philia”
    • IMBRIW is the main user of the R/V “Philia” in HCMR. It makes use of both the vessel’s equipment, and special equipment which meets the requirements of the Institute. Philia is a mobile research work platform used in almost all Greek waters and has a variety of nets, wet and dry laboratories and electronics facilities. Sampling campaigns are often multidisciplinary and include multiple-purpose sampling.
  • hydro-acoustic equipment Biosonic 120 khz, 38 khz, equipment Simrad.
  • Automatic Sampler eggs and ichthyoplankton CUFES.
  • Multiple sampling ichthyoplankton Mockness.
  • High performance electrofishing devices, multivariate water quality profiler (CTD), benthos capturing tools, portable instruments for the automatic measurement of physicochemical, hydrological and meteorological parameters , automatic water samplers, audio equipment trawl Scanmar, Side scan sonars 110 khz, 410 kHz , underwater systems for video capturing and photography.

Laboratory of Hydrometeorology

  • Numerical weather prediction
  • Atmospheric models at global and large mesoscale
  • Operational Meteorology and Oceanography (design, development, evaluation)
  • Water cycle and energy (theory and numerical models)
  • Development and implementation of meteorological data assimilation techniques
  • Interaction in the system soil – water – atmosphere (theory and development of algorithms in numerical models)
  • Study intense weather phenomena (theory and numerical models)
  • Study and prediction of soil erosion and the mechanisms of production, transport and deposition of soil dust particles (theory and numerical models).


  • Computer performance : BladeSystem c7000 enclosure with 16 HP Proliant BL460c G1 server blades: 10 E5345 (20 Quad-Core Intel Xeon 2.3 GHz processors) and 6 E5405 (12 Quad-Core Intel Xeon, 2.0 GHz processors),
  • 4 Workstations Linux-based (2 Quad and 2 Dual cores processors) Total storage capacity 10 TB.

Laboratory of Benthos

  • Screening and identification of benthic macroinvertebrates
  • Evaluation of ecological quality of surface waters
  • Ecology of macroinvertebrate organisms


  • Stereoscopes (2 Olympus SZX10- one with a digital camera, 1 Leica MZ8, 1 WILD),
  • inverted microscope with camera (WILD).

Laboratory of Ichthyology and Experimental Aquaria

  • Experimental farming of fish that are endemic in Greek freshwaters
  • Biology of freshwater fishes of Greece (reproduction and nutrition studies)
  • Morphology – morphometry and young adult life stages
  • Detailed morphometry of fish with high  resolution digital image analysis system


  • 10 tanks of varying capacity (three with a maximum capacity of 453 L),
  • filter systems for continuous water purification (2) Devices for UV disinfection (2),
  • Stereoscopes (Nikon, Olympus, Wild),
  • video cameras (Sony, Olympus),
  • Digital cameras Canon (2),
  • TV and Video system (Sony),
  • precision Electronic scales (Sartorius, Phillips, Navigator),
  • Digital image analysis system.

Hydrochemistry Laboratory

  • Identification of the major ions: Ca2+, Mg2+, K+, Na+, Cl -, SO42-
  • Determination of nutrients (NO2-NO3-, PO43-, NH4 +, Total Nitrogen, Total Phosphorus, Silicates)
  • Determination of alkalinity and hardness
  • Determination of total particulate matter

The quality control of chemical analyses is done ​​by the analysis of certified reference standards (CRM). The laboratory equipment is certified.


  • Ion Analyzer (Metrohm),
  • Spectrophotometer UV / VIS Pharo 300 (Merck),
  • Automatic titrator,
  • Tim 900 with autosampler Sac 80 (Radiometer),
  • Accessories (Production system for chemically ultrapure water, Thermal reactor, Electric Oven, Precision weighting devices, pumps, etc.).

Laboratory of Coastal Zone Management

IMBRIW has a modern coastal zone laboratory, which aims to study the biology and ecology of fish in coastal waters in relation to the environmental quality of coastal waters and environmental interaction between coastal fisheries and other economic activities. For this reason, the lab is equipped with table and portable spectrophotometers (VIS), digital portable instruments for the measurement of physicochemical parameters (temperature, salinity , oxygen , pH), benthic samplers (soil cores Eckman, Hydrobios), laboratory instruments (scales, microscopes) and glassware.

Image Analysis

The Laboratory of Image Analysis (Image Analysis) uses modern techniques of optical imaging and advanced technology equipment (tablets, video, frame grabber and digital still cameras). It includes an analysis and processing system for digital microscopic images, consisting of analog and digital cameras adapted to microscopes and stereoscopes, which are connected to respective workstations. The system is supported by detection applications, counting and morphology objects.

For further editing of photos and video, digital image analysis software is used (Adobe Photoshop, Correl Draw, GraphicConverter and NIH Image). Image Analysis is mostly used for age studies (otoliths , statoliths) and for fish and cephalopods reproduction analyses. Apart from the two -system software (Image Analysis Pro Plus and TNCP), macros have been constructed and used for age and reproduction studies.


The Ichthyoplanktonic Laboratory used for processing, analysis and storage of samples of ichthyoplankton that is collected during research cruises. Facilities include a wet lab separation and sorting for ichthyoplankton, sample splitters, stereoscopes and microscopes.


The Histology lab has complete and modern equipment for obtaining histological samples through dehydration process, dwell, production and corresponding staining sections. The above process is carried out to analyze species and populations mainly in studies of fish reproduction (defining developmental stages of germ cells, classification stages of maturity , daily and seasonal spawning pattern, fertility, reproductive condition assessment , etc. )

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