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  1. Marine Chemistry and Environmental pollution

  2. Marine Biology

  3. Aquaculture and Fisheries

  4. Marine Physics

  5. Marine Geology

  6. Ecological Development of Shatt Al-Arab & N. Arabian Gulf

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  1. Research and Development

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Department of Marine Chemistry and Environmental pollution

About the Department  

Department Mission

Department Vision

Department Goals

Department Laboratories

About the Department

The Department of Environmental Chemistry and Pollution is one of the most important departments in the Marine Science Center. It primarily studies the environmental pollutants which have created the critical environmental conditions facing the southern region of Iraq. The department aims to study and investigate the impact of these pollutants on the environment. The department works with other departments to observe inland bodies of water and Iraqi territorial waters. This environmental observation has many sections, including specialized research studying organic, inorganic, and biological pollutants, as well as others. Some pollution in the environment results from untreated household, medical, and hospital sewage, which is released directly into the river waters, passing through the Shatt al-Arab estuary to coastal waters and then is spread in the Arabian Gulf.

The Department of Environmental Chemistry and Pollution studies the dynamic effects of certain types of sea species in different regions of the Iraqi territorial waters, especially the coastal region, to prove the presence of environmental stress in the area. In order to conduct these studies, the department works in collaboration with the other departments of the MSC, such as the departments of Marine Biology, Marine Geology, and Marine Physics.

The department also assesses environmental pollution of the Shatt al-Arab from medical sewage, its dangers for health, and its impact on the environment of the northwestern Arabian Gulf.

By providing important data about the environmental situation, this environmental assessment is considered the fundamental step in the program to conserve environmental diversity and management of the ecosystem. This works as a basis for determining plans and programs for the rehabilitation of some damaged environments and presenting suggestions and solutions for their rehabilitation.



Department Mission

The department studies the components and elements of the chemical environment and its annual and seasonal differences, as well as the organic and inorganic pollutants and their effect on the environment.



Department Vision

The department aims to achieve its goals by the following:

  1. Providing scientific research facilities and laboratory necessities to the researchers in the department.

  2. Collecting and organizing data, information, resources and different documents to stay abreast of technological and scientific advances in the fields of the departmentís specializations.

  3. Working in collaboration with the scientific departments in the MSC, colleges and centers of the university, research establishments, the governmental directorate and other interested parties, to conduct the activities of the department, making the most of the departmentís human and financial resources.

  4. Introducing the specialized staff of the department to the governmental directorate and private sector and other interested parties for scientific consultation.

  5. Establishing and developing cultural and scientific relationships with other departments and parties of interest, including making scientific agreements and exchanging expertise for the sake of staying abreast of modern scientific and technological developments.

  6. Participating in organizing conferences, symposia, scientific meetings, workshops, seminars, and training courses held by the MSC and other colleges and scientific centers inside and outside the country.

  7. Placing and training the necessary staff of researchers and assistants and furthering their knowledge and experience development.

  8. Publishing scientific reports, newsletters, and journals.



Department Goals

The department aims to study the environmental elements, especially the physics and chemistry, in regions of the Arabian Gulf, Oman Gulf, Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, and the inland waters, which are effected by the tide and the marshes. 

It also aims to connect studies and researches related to the environmental situation of natural resources and protect them from pollution. The department also seeks to conduct strategic studies concerning the environment and offer suggestions, solutions, and recommendations to the government for environmental problems, which are important for the public welfare.



Department Laboratories

  1. Oil Pollution Laboratory

  2. Flame Atomic Absorption Lab

  3. Gas Chromatography GC Lab

  4. Nutrients Lab Water Quality Lab

  5. Marine Chemistry Lab

  6. Marine Pollution Lab

  7. Combating Oil Spills Lab

  8. Iraqi Women for Science Lab