“Our aim is to investigate the physiological effects of DPV use, especially focusing on post-dive bubbles, pulmonary stress and alteration of body fluids.”
The research programme includes clinical tests, pre- and post-dive diagnostic examinations including cardiac and pulmonary echo-cardiography, and infra-red thermal imaging.
The Portofino consortium authorised the research activities to be carried out inside the MPA where, according to DAN, long multiple dives covering an extended area “offer a unique opportunity to observe and monitor the surrounding marine environment”.
The Project Hydra team consists of 14 experienced diving instructors or trainers who have been specially trained to collect the required data at four MPA sites: Testa Leone, Altare, Secca Gonzatti and Mohawk Deer.
The work has now begun and is set to continue until the end of the year.