Video & audio

Coffee Break Science

To make its science more accessible and widely understood, PML has developed Coffee Break Science; a series of short podcasts about its science and how the application of its science contributes to society.

Under the sea: the ShellEye project (trailer)


Trailer video produced by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) media team to highlight state-of-the-art monitoring development for the UK shellfish aquaculture industry, as part of the BBSRC and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded ShellEye project.

Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP)


This video gives an introduction to the four year Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP). The programme will address key knowledge gaps in marine ecosystem research.  To find out more information click here to view the programme website.

Introduction to the RAGNARoCC project


Radiatively Active Gases from the North Atlantic Region and Climate Change (RAGNARoCC,­narocc) is a project that is investigating the amount and variability of sources and sinks of greenhouse gases from the North Atlantic.

This video introduces the project, what it hopes to achieve with the gained data and how it will help increase our knowledge and understanding of climate change.

Overview of the ESA-funded GlobCurrent project


This video presents the aims and challenges of the European Space Agency (ESA)-funded project GlobCurrent. The interviews were filmed during the 1st User Consultation Meeting at Plymouth Marine Laboratory in November 2014.

Introducing Marine Ecosystem Services


This video provides an overview of the ecosystem services approach to understanding the marine environment and its application in VECTORS, an EU-funded marine research project. Understanding what the ocean give us is central to its future management. Ecosystem services offer an innovative approach to valuing the goods and services that the ocean provides and appreciating the impact these have on our societies and economies.

For further information on the VECTORS project and its research please click here.

Marine OPerational ECology (OPEC) for European Regional Seas


This video provides an overview of the Marine OPerational ECology (OPEC) project followed by a brief demonstration of the Marine OPEC Data Portal.

The OPEC project, funded by the European Commission and led by PML, has developed and evaluated ecosystem forecast tools for European regional seas. New model simulated data has been made available through a novel data portal for use by marine management authorities, government departments, coastal managers, NGOs and marine industries, to support their quest to understand, forecast and balance the multiple pressures facing important marine ecosystems.

To access the portal please click here. For more information about the OPEC project please click here. The portal is available under an open source licence on GitHub.

Summary of the Europe-Africa Marine Earth Observation Network (EAMNet) project

EAMNet was an EU project (completed in July 2013) that aimed to construct a network linking Earth Observation (EO) information providers, user networks and centres of excellence in Europe and Africa in the area of coastal and marine observations towards sustainable development in Africa. The network is undertaking capacity building and maintenance to build upon existing infrastructure and expertise in Africa and improve the exploitation of Earth observation data for coastal and oceanic monitoring towards an Africa-wide observation system (GOOS-Africa). For further information please visit

2014 Charity awards winner The EAMNet project won the "Environment and conservation" category at the 2014 Charity Awards.

A QICS look back

Now that the Quantifying and Monitoring Potential Ecosystem Impacts of Geological Carbon Storage (QICS) project has been completed, Project Leader Jerry Blackford takes a look back at what the project set out to do, how the experiments were carried out and provides an overview of some of the results and conclusions which can now be drawn.

Deploy the buoys


Dr Tim Smyth and Dr James Fishwick talk about the marine monitoring and the Western Channel Observatory, including footage of the deployment of a new autonomous databuoy in collaboration with the UK Met Office.

Dr Tom Vance on his career in marine science

Dr Tom Vance, Research and Development Manager for PML Applications Ltd, talks about his career pathway and the exciting opportunities available in the field of marine science.

Sea, Satellites and CO2



Dr Jamie Shutler of PML explains the OceanFlux Greenhouse Gases project, a two year project funded by the European Space Agency. The aim of the project is to improve the quantification of air-sea exchanges of greenhouse gases. This video, "Sea, Satellites and CO2", received funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

A guide for school students is available providing background information to the video and enabling students to perform the experiment shown in the film.

Click here to download the resource guide for teachers


Other PML videos

Ocean acidification: Connecting science, industry, policy and public


A powerful short film on ocean acidification, which results from the growing quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth's atmosphere. Much of this gas is being absorbed at the ocean surface, pushing seawater down the pH scale towards acidity and posing a potential threat to marine ecosystems and those dependent on them. As scientific research reveals more about how the oceans and the life they contain might be affected, there is a need to engage with a wider community including policy makers, environmental managers and the general public to understand what is happening, how we might be affected and what actions could be taken to reduce any risks.

The film brings together a wide range of stakeholders including, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, school children, a Plymouth fishmonger, a UK government Chief Scientific Adviser, representatives from industry and policy making departments, as well as a group of internationally recognised expert scientists.

You can also view this film with French, Brazilian Portuguese and Korean subtitles.

The Other CO2 Problem

A short, powerful and entertaining animation about the issue of ocean acidification, produced by Ridgeway School (Plymouth, UK) and PML. Funded by the European Project on Ocean Acidification.

The Other CO2 Problem’ is a seven and a half minute animation starring characters from King Poseidon’s Kingdom beneath the sea and laments the fact that Doctorpus, Britney Star, Michelle Mussel, Derek the Diatom and other subsea creatures are suffering as the ocean becomes more acidic as a result of human activities.

Other videos

The Marine Renewables Supply Chain in the South West


This video focuses on the marine renewables supply chain in Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and Plymouth, featuring interviews with PML, Wave Hub, MOR Group, Cornwall Marine Network, Supacat, Fugro Seacore and Keynvor Morlift.

How to discover hidden microplastics!


This Sunday Science video demonstrates simple experiments with items that you can find around your own home, with PML scientists showing us how to find our home's hidden microplastics. Microplastics are useful to us, but can be devastating to the environment, especially to marine creatures.