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International Centre for Island Technology

The International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) was established in 1989 in Stromness, Orkney and is a specialist arm of Heriot-Watt University's Department of Civil and Offshore Engineering. The University in Orkney has as its remit the development of research, teaching and professional practice relevant to the sustainable economic development of islands and peripheral maritime regions. ICIT was established to carry out advanced research, postgraduate training and consultancy in marine resource management and related issues. It works through the department's Centre for Environmental Resource Management (CERM) and its areas of specialist interest include:

Based in Stromness in Orkney, ICIT also houses a Diving Unit which offers professional (HSE SCUBA) and recreational (PADI and IANTD) diving courses and supports a number of research areas in marine science as well as providing commercial/scientific diving services.

Since its inception, ICIT has developed a strong research and consultancy portfolio, enjoying mutually productive links with industry, government and other academic bodies at local, national and international levels. ICIT's consultancy work includes:

The Diving Unit at ICIT is crucial to many of its research programmes and also undertakes commercial contract operations. Commercial contracts have largely been associated with environmental monitoring programmes such as at the Flotta and Sullom Voe oil terminals, and specialist scientific diving survey work.

Some of ICIT's research projects

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