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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Pools of Carbon in the Ocean project (POCO)
Completed

Pools of Carbon in the Ocean project (POCO)

Contact: Dr Shubha Sathyendranath

The Pools of Carbon in the Ocean project (POCO) will explore satellite algorithms to quantify the particulate, and possibly dissolved, pools of...

ReCICLE: Resolving Climate Impacts on shelf and CoastaL sea Ecosystems
Completed

Resolving Climate Impacts on shelf and CoastaL sea Ecosystems (ReCICLE)

Contact: Professor Icarus Allen

Shelf and coastal seas provide vital services for society, notably food, from fish, and climate regulation, through their role in drawing down and...

Biological cycling of N-osmolytes in the surface ocean (N-osmolytes)
Completed

Biological cycling of N-osmolytes in the surface ocean (N-osmolytes)

Contact: Dr Ruth Airs

In the ocean, nitrogen-containing compounds are thought to be an important part of the soup of compounds that affect cloud formation, and therefore...

ESA-SOLAS - OceanFlux Greenhouse Gases
Completed

ESA-SOLAS - OceanFlux Greenhouse Gases

Contact: Professor Philip Nightingale

Transport of gases between the ocean and the atmosphere, known as ‘air-sea gas exchange’, have profound implications for our...

National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) - Carbon Cycles
Completed

National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) - Carbon Cycles

Contact: Professor Icarus Allen

The goal of the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) project is to understand physical and biological processes involving the carbon cycle,...

Bioavailability and biological effects of microscopic plastic debris in the ocean
Completed

Bioavailability and biological effects of microscopic plastic debris in the ocean

Contact: Dr Pennie Lindeque

Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic are discarded as waste, and marine plastic litter is emerging as both a threat to the oceans and a...

Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP)
Completed

Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP)

Contact: Dr Paul Somerfield

The Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP) will address key knowledge gaps in marine ecosystem research. By bringing together existing data...

Marine Primary Production: Model Parameters from Space
Completed

Marine Primary Production: Model Parameters

Contact: Professor Trevor Platt FRS

The aim of this project is to improve our ability to estimate the growth of ocean phytoplankton using data collected by instruments carried on...

Measurement, Monitoring and Verification of CO2 storage
Completed

Measurement, Monitoring and Verification of CO2 storage

Contact: Jerry Blackford

This project was a collaboration between several institutes which worked to develop a marine monitoring system for underwater CCS sites.Although...

Microbial degradation of Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) in the sunlit ocean
Completed

Microbial degradation of Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) in the sunlit ocean

Contact: Dr Joanna L Dixon

Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) is an organic sulphur compound found everywhere in our oceans, and is produced by a number of natural biological and...

AQUAculture USEr driven operational Remote Sensing information services (AQUA-USERS)
Completed

AQUAculture USEr driven operational Remote Sensing information services (AQUA-USERS)

Contact: Dr Andrey Kurekin

With global population expansion, the demand for high-quality protein is rising dramatically, and fish farming is gaining importance to ensure food...

Carbon/Nutrient Dynamics and Fluxes of the Shelf System (CANDYFLOSS)
Completed

Carbon/Nutrient Dynamics and Fluxes of the Shelf System (CANDYFLOSS)

Contact: Dr Andy Rees

The shelf seas are extensive shallow seas which surround large continental land masses with significant importance to people and the Earth system...

Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry research programme: biogeochemistry
Completed

Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry research programme: biogeochemistry, macronutrient and carbon cycling in the benthic layer

Contact: Professor Steve Widdicombe

The shelf seas are of major importance to society, providing a diverse range of goods, such as fisheries, renewable energy, transport and services...

Radiatively Active Gases from the North Atlantic RegiOn and Climate Change (RAGNARoCC)
Completed

Radiatively Active Gases from the North Atlantic RegiOn and Climate Change (RAGNARoCC)

Contact: Dr Vassilis Kitidis

The exchange of natural and man-made gases between the ocean and the atmosphere has profound implications for our environment. The speed of the gas...

Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry research programme: modelling
Completed

Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry research programme: modelling

Contact: Professor Icarus Allen

The shelf seas are of major importance to society, providing a diverse range of goods, such as fisheries, renewable energy, transport and services...

DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environment
Completed

DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status (DEVOTES)

Contact: Professor Melanie Austen

The objective of DEVOTES is to gain better understanding of the relationship between pressures from human activities and climatic influences, and...

Global Observatory of Lake Responses to Environmental Change (GloboLakes)
Completed

Global Observatory of Lake Responses to Environmental Change (GloboLakes)

Contact: Steve Groom

The GloboLakes project investigates how lakes respond to climate change and other environmental influences on a global scale. In order to do this...

Policy-Oriented Marine Environmental Research in the Southern European Seas (PERSEUS)
Completed

Policy-Oriented Marine Environmental Research in the Southern European Seas (PERSEUS)

Contact: Dr Nicola Beaumont

PERSEUS is dedicated to supporting policy makers towards better management of the Southern European Seas, together representing the Mediterranean...

Assessing health, livelihoods, ecosystem services and poverty alleviation in populous deltas (ESPA)
Completed

Assessing health, livelihoods, ecosystem services and poverty alleviation in populous deltas (ESPA)

Contact: Professor Icarus Allen

This ESPA Delta project aims to provide policy makers with the knowledge and tools to enable them to evaluate the effects of decisions on people...

Indo-European research facilities for studies on marine ecosystem and climate in India (INDOMARECLIM
Completed

Indo-European research facilities for studies on marine ecosystem and climate in India (INDOMARECLIM)

Contact: Professor Icarus Allen

The INDO-MARECLIM project aims to facilitate and improve the co-operation between the European Union Member States and Associated Countries and...

Quantifying benefits and impacts of fishing exclusion zones around Marine Renewable Energy Installat
Completed

Quantifying benefits and impacts of fishing exclusion zones around Marine Renewable Energy Installations (QBEX)

Contact: Professor Melanie Austen

The aim of this project is to assess the benefits and impacts of fishing exclusion zones around marine renewable energy installations. A side...

Fluxes Across Sloping Topography of the North East Atlantic (FASTNEt)
Completed

Fluxes Across Sloping Topography of the North East Atlantic (FASTNEt)

Contact: Dr Peter Miller

The continental shelf edge is the controlling gateway to exchange of nutrients and carbon between oceanic and shelf waters, with impacts on global...

Energetic Algae (EnAlgae)
Completed

Energetic Algae (EnAlgae)

Contact: Professor Icarus Allen

The EnAlgae project aims to develop the potential of algae as a sustainable resource for bioenergy and other products, whilst also reducing CO2...

ESA CCI Ocean Colour ECV
Completed

ESA CCI Ocean Colour ECV

Contact: Dr Shubha Sathyendranath

Observations from space provide unique information which greatly aids understanding and management of climate change. However, satellite data are...

UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme (UKOA)
Completed

UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme (UKOA)

Contact: Dr Carol Turley

The 5 year UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme (UKOA) worked alongside international partner programmes as the UK’s response to...

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