Research Integrity and Assurance

Scientific Diving

Scientific diving

Research groups at ASU may engage in underwater research activities involving diving. To promote diving safety, ASU maintains an institutional membership in the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS), which has established standards and certification requirements for scientific diving. AAUS member organizations help protect themselves from possible fines and civil suits by their commitment to meeting AAUS requirements and adherence to a set of standards recognized as the “standard of practice” within the scientific diving community.

Under ASU policy RSP207 and federal regulations, all research and related activities involving underwater diving for which ASU is a responsible participant, regardless of whether the activity will receive funding or not must adhere to these standards.

The application and medical forms can be found on the forms page. Please submit the application and supporting documents to

For more information, contact Dr. Greg Asner at



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