Knysna Basin Project Field station
The field station is located at 22 Trotter Street, Knysna Central and is equipped with standard laboratory equipment which include:
- 2 dissecting microscopes (one of which is connected to a computer)
- 1 compound microscope
- Bench space
- General laboratory glassware and equipment
Knysna Basin Project Wet lab
Water quality analyses are run from a smaller lab located on Thesens Jetty and has direct access to the estuary. This laboratory is used for all water monitoring and analyses conducted as part of KEMP. This lab is equipped with:
- Unlimited WIFI access
- Reagents and equipment required for standard water quality analyses
- Scientific scales
- Bench-top turbidity meter
- Hydrolab HL 4 multiparameter portable sonde (Dissolved Oxygen, pH, salinity, turbidity, depth, temperature)
- Water quality data generated by KEMP
Fieldwork is conducted from the RV Outeniqua, a 4 m monohull boat, with a center consul, equipped with a 40 HP Suzuki outboard motor.
The Knysna estuary falls under the jurisdiction of the Garden Route National Park and is a protected area. As such, all research must be approved by SANParks. The application for a research permit is managed by SANParks Scientific Services department and the application requirements vary according to the nature of the research project. More information on how to apply for a research permit can be found at: https://www.sanparks.org/conservation/scientific_new/garden_route/.