Projects

At any one time, PML is undertaking around 100 research projects, from large, multi-partner research collaborations, to desk studies.  Below is a selection of our projects.

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ChAOS

The Changing Arctic Ocean Seafloor (ChAOS) - how changing sea ice conditions impact biological communities, biogeochemical processes and ecosystems

Contact: Professor Steve Widdicombe

The ChAOS project will focus on focus on how climate change and diminishing sea ice affects impact biological communities, biogeochemical processes...

PRIMROSE: Predicting Risk and Impact of Harmful Events on the Aquaculture Sector

PRIMROSE: Predicting Risk and Impact of Harmful Events on the Aquaculture Sector

Contact: Dr Peter Miller

The aquaculture sector of Europe’s Atlantic Arc is negatively impacted by the effects of harmful blooms and microbial pathogens. The PRIMROSE...

SOLSTICE-WIO

SOLSTICE-WIO: Sustainable Oceans, Livelihoods and food Security Through Increased Capacity in Ecosystem research in the Western Indian Ocean

Contact: Dr Dionysios Raitsos

SOLSTICE – WIO is a four year collaborative GCRF project that aims to strengthen capacity in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region to address...

GCRF Blue Communities

GCRF Blue Communities  : Building capacity for integrated planning through sustainable interactions with marine ecosystems for the health, wellbeing, food and livelihoods of coastal communities

Contact: Professor Melanie Austen

The Blue Communities project, led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory in collaboration with the University of Plymouth, the University of...

PICCOLO

Processes Influencing Carbon Cycling: Observations of the Lower limb of the Antarctic Overturning (PICCOLO)

Contact: Dr Tom Bell

The vast, remote seas which surround the continent of Antarctica are collectively known as the Southern Ocean. This region with its severe...

S-3 EUROHAB - Sentinel products for detecting EUtROphication and Harmful Algal Bloom events

S-3 EUROHAB - Sentinel products for detecting EUtROphication and Harmful Algal Bloom events

Contact: Dr Gavin Tilstone

S-3 EUROHAB will use the latest satellite technology to improve the way water quality and harmful algal blooms (HABs) are monitored in the English...

UK Earth System Modelling (UKESM)

UK Earth System Modelling (UKESM)

Contact: Professor Icarus Allen

Global climate change is one of the leading environmental threats facing mankind. To develop appropriate mitigation and adaptation strategies...

Land ocean carbon transfer (LOCATE)

Land ocean carbon transfer (LOCATE)

Contact: Professor Philip Nightingale

Our climate, and hence our lifestyle and economy, is profoundly influenced by the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, which...

North Atlantic climate system integrated study (ACSIS)

North Atlantic climate system integrated study (ACSIS)

Contact: Professor Philip Nightingale

Major changes are occurring across the North Atlantic climate system: in ocean and atmosphere temperatures and circulation, in sea ice thickness...

Coral Communities
Completed

Coral Communities: Building Socio-Ecological Resilience to Coral Reef Degradation in the Islands of the Western Indian Ocean.‚Äč

Contact: Dr Caroline Hattam

Improving the resilience of communities and coral reefs to changes anticipated as a result of climate change is an issue of huge global...

South West Partnership for Environment & Economic Prosperity (SWEEP)

South West Partnership for Environment & Economic Prosperity (SWEEP)

Contact: Professor Melanie Austen

SWEEP is a new initiative that will help deliver economic and community benefits to the South West, whilst also protecting and enhancing the area...

NABAMA

Novel Agricultural Bioactives from Microalgae

Contact: Dr Mike Allen

Since the 1950s the use of chemical fertilisers has grown exponentially to cope with the increased consumption of food. The use of chemical...

InSUre

Integrated Service for Surveillance of illegal Unlicensed & Unreported fishing (InSUre)

In the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) the main losses in fish stocks are linked to illegal fishing activity that has increased in recent years. Considerable...

InSUre

Integrated Service for Surveillance of illegal Unlicensed & Unreported fishing (InSUre)

Contact: Dr Andrey Kurekin

Overfishing off western Africa is causing a humanitarian and ecological crisis. Current rates of fishing are driving several species towards...

CoastWEB

CoastWEB - Valuing the contribution which COASTal habitats make to human health and WEllBeing, with a focus on the alleviation of natural hazards

Contact: Dr Nicola Beaumont

CoastWEB aims to holistically value the contribution which coastal habitats make to human health and wellbeing, with a focus on the alleviation of...

FRM4SOC

FRM4SOC: Fiducial Reference Measurements for Satellite Ocean Colour

Contact: Dr Gavin Tilstone

The FRM4SOC project focuses on providing high quality reference measurements to validate Sentinel satellite data using a range of different optical...

AMT4SentinelFRM

AMT4SentinelFRM

Contact: Dr Gavin Tilstone

The AMT4SentinelFRM project focuses on providing high quality reference measurements to validate Sentinel satellite data during the Atlantic...

REOPTIMIZE

REmineralisation, OPTIcs and Marine partIcle siZE (REOPTIMIZE)

Contact: Dr Giorgio Dall'Olmo

In the REOPTIMIZE project,  the relationships between the size of marine particles and how they interact with light will be examined across...

Ocean Regulation of Climate through Heat and Carbon Sequestration and Transports (ORCHESTRA)

Ocean Regulation of Climate through Heat and Carbon Sequestration and Transports (ORCHESTRA)

Contact: Dr Tim Smyth

Climate change is one of the most urgent issues facing humanity and life on Earth. Better predictions of future climate change are needed, so that...

New Plastics Economy
Completed

New Plastics Economy

Contact: Professor Melanie Austen

Plastics and plastic packaging are fundamental to industry and everyday life. They deliver many benefits, yet have a number of significant...

STEMM-CCS

Strategies for Environmental Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage (STEMM-CCS)

Contact: Jerry Blackford

STEMM-CCS is an ambitious multi-disciplinary project that will deliver new approaches, methodologies and tools for the safe operation of offshore...

TAPAS

Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability (TAPAS)

Contact: Stefan Simis

The Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability (TAPAS) project is working to create cost-efficient management tools and...

PALM UK

Pilot Algal Lipid Manufacturing in the UK (PALM-UK)

Contact: Dr Mike Allen

The objective of this project is to generate robust process economics for a fully-fledged biorefinery that will not just break even but moreover...

ADdressing Valuation of Energy and Nature Together (ADVENT)

ADdressing Valuation of Energy and Nature Together (ADVENT)

Contact: Dr Nicola Beaumont

Advent is a UK Energy Research Centre Grand Challenge project exploring future UK low carbon energy pathways and quantifying their differing...

Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS)

Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS)

Contact: Steve Groom

The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) is an EC service to provide up-to-date and well-controlled satellite observations and...

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