Facing the challenge of new pollutants

An ever-increasing global population is providing new challenges to the marine environment.  Population expansion is particularly prevalent in coastal regions and combined with an increase in maritime industrial developments a new range of pollutants are emerging.  These are far reaching, from carbon dioxide, to microplastics and biological discharges in ballast water.  PML scientists are working to understand the potential impacts of these pollutants and seek evidence-based solutions to the challenges they pose.
Wave breaking on the shore

Air-sea gas exchange

Ocean-atmosphere exchange has profound implications for our environment and the Earth's climate.

Moon Jellyfish lit under water

Invasive species

Marine species are introduced to new environments by several means including transport in ships ballast water, biofouling on ships hulls...

Plastic debris on a beach

Marine plastics

Plastic pollution is a growing threat to the world’s oceans, posing a serious risk to the health of marine life, ecosystems and potentially...

Ocean acidification diagram

Ocean acidification

The term ocean acidification is used to describe the ongoing decrease in ocean pH caused by human CO2 emissions, such as the burning of fossil...

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PML scientists most cited in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

A paper by Dr Somerfield, in collaboration with Clarke, K.R. and Gorley, R.N., has been listed as the most cited article in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology with the paper 'Testing of null hypotheses in exploratory community analyses: similarity profi...


A PML Perspective on Brexit

Undoubtedly, the vote for the UK to leave the EU has created considerable uncertainties. Like other organizations across the country, Plymouth Marine Laboratory has been trying to interpret what the outcome of this referendum might mean for us as an organization and for our s...


IOC honour for UK marine scientist

Dr Shubha Sathyendranath, a research scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, has been honoured with an invitation to deliver the N.K Panikkar Memorial Lecture to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Assembly in Paris this week.

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