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Acoustic Thermometry of Ocean Climate (ATOC)
- Summary of research of experiments to record temperatures in the ocean in order to verify existing climate models by using sound. An additional study was conducted to see what impact the underwater noise had on marine animals.
Adriatic Dolphin Project (ADP)
- Research and conservation of bottlenose dolphins in the Adriatic Sea, and protecting whole marine environment through research, conservation and education activities.
Agulhas and Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME)
- Aims to gather information on oceanographic conditions and how they interact with and influence the climate, biodiversity and economies of the western Indian Ocean region, ultimately leading to regional management of the marine resources.
Alfred Wegener Institute: Polar Regions and Coasts in a Changing Earth System
- The PACES project aims to identify the role of processes at high latitudes on past, current and future changes of the Earth system
Aqualight: Marie Curie Project
- New methods of aquatic hyperspectral light field analysis for the concurrent characterisation of physical and bio-optical processes at small scales
Arctic Climate System Study (ACSYS)
- Concentrating on the understanding of Arctic Ocean variability and change including sea ice processes.
- Collaborative effort joins Canadian university researchers and government officials with scientists from Japan, Europe, Russia and the US to study the impacts of climate change in the coastal Canadian Arctic.
- Global array of free-drifting profiling floats that will measure the temperature and salinity of the upper 2000 m of the ocean in or near real-time.
Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT)
- Undertakes biological, chemical and physical oceanographic research in the North and South Atlantic Ocean and along the north-west coast of Africa.
Atmospheric Chemistry Studies in the Oceanic Environment (ACSOE)
- A UK NERC Thematic Research Programme to investigate the chemistry of the lower atmosphere (0 - 12 km) over the oceans. The studies aim to bring about a clearer understanding of natural processes in the remote marine atmosphere, and how these processes are affected by atmospheric pollution originating from the continents. This information is vital in understanding regional and global-scale changes in atmospheric chemistry and climate.
Atmospheric Deposition and Impact (ADIOS)
- Created to study the impact of the atmosphere pollutants and natural substances affects the biochemistry of the Mediterranean Sea. Page includes current problems, approach methods and objectives of the study.
Baltic Air-Sea-Ice Study (BASIS).
- An EC MAST III study to create and analyse experimental process data for optimization and verification of atmosphere-ice-ocean models.
Baltic Sea Experiment (BALTEX)
- A cage experiment to assess the total heat and water flux divergence of the BALTEX area. The basic BALTEX programme elements include numerical modelling, data assimilation, experimental and numerical process studies, re-analysis of existing data sets, and application of remote sensing.
Baltic Sea System Study (BASYS).
- Examines the susceptibility of the Baltic Sea to external forcing and to improve the quantification of past and present fluxes in the area.
Biological Effects of Environmental Pollution (BEEP)
- The goal of this research is to evaluate the potential of using biological markers determined in marine organisms as a means of assessment of chemical contamination and to investigate the socio-economic implications for certain selected zones.
Black Sea Ecosystem Processes and Forecasting/Operational Database Management System
- Project started in 1999 as co-operation between major regional marine research institutions with support of NATO Science for Peace Programme to explore, quantify and predict ecosystem variability of the Black Sea
The Carlsberg Ridge Cruise
- Discusses the trip of the research ship RRS Charles Darwin took to go study the undersea ridge located between eastern Africa and the Seychelle Islands. Purpose of the study was too look at the magma rising up from beneath the ocean floor. Page includes geology background of the area, onboard equipment, an introduction to the science team, and photo gallery.
Coastal Observatory, Liverpool Bay (COBS)
- Coastal Observatory built on real-time measurements and model predictions with particular focus on the Irish Sea and Liverpool Bay hosted by the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory.
Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey (CPR)
- Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science runs the Continuous Plankton Recorder survey, a long term plankton survey in the North Atlantic and North Sea. The database is online.
Copepod-Diatom Relations in Dabob Bay
- Copepod - Diatom relations research by the University of Washington's School of Oceanography.
- French project for operational oceanography with the objective of developing automatic and permanent observation networks. Find project description, news and contacts.
Cornell Morocco Project
- Cooperative research between Cornell University, Morocco and Spain to study the geodynamics of the western Mediterranean (Alboran) region. Page includes current projects and completed research summaries.
COupled Hydrodynamical Ecological model for REgioNal Shelf seas (COHERENS)
- COHERENS is a European funded project for the scientific and technical validation and the dissemination and exploitation of a three-dimensional integrated model for coastal and shelf seas developed over the period 1990-1996 within two previous MAST projects.
Deep Tow Research Group
- Research on deep water marine sediments that applies deep tow high resolution seismic and sediment core analysis. Gulf of Mexico bathymetry maps and marine geology links are available.
Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO)
- A consortium formed by a group of scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) with the technical goal of the sustained production and evaluation of continuing three-dimensional estimates of the global state of the ocean in near-real time in support programs such as GODAE and CLIVAR.
- Project commissioned by the General Directorate Environment of the European Commission, which will result in policy recommendations on how to manage coastal erosion in Europe in the most sustainable way.
General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO)
- Consists of an international group of experts who work on the development of a range of publicly-available bathymetric data sets and seafloor topography products. View data and products and learn of the available training opportunities.
Global Ocean Data Analysis Project (GLODAP)
- Cooperative effort to generate a unified data set and to determine the global distribution and inventories of inorganic nutrients, both natural and anthropogenic carbon species and natural and bomb-produced radiocarbon from data acquired from several projects such as WOCE, JGOFS, OACES.
Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics
- Aims to advance our understanding of the global ocean ecosystem and how it responds to global climate change. GLOBEC investigates the links between climate and marine ecosystems.
Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)
- Project intended to be a permanent global system for observations, modeling and analysis of variables needed to support operational ocean services worldwide. Find project description, articles, calendar, contacts and staff profiles.
Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS)
- GLOSS aims at the establishment of high quality global and regional sea level networks for application to climate, oceanographic and coastal sea level research. The programme became known as GLOSS as it provides data for deriving the 'Global Level of the Sea Surface'.
Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE)
- GRACE will be able to map the Earth's gravity fields by making accurate measurements of the distance between two satellites, using GPS and a microwave ranging system. It will provide scientists with a way to map the Earth's gravity fields. The results from this mission will yield information about the distribution and flow of mass within the Earth and its oceans and surroundings.
Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem (GCLME)
- Aims to assist countries adjacent to the Guinea Current ecosystem to achieve environmental and resource sustainability.
Hydrothermal Vent Program (VENTS)
- Established in 1984, conducts research on the impacts and consequences of submarine volcanoes and hydrothermal venting on the global ocean.
Indian Ocean Experiment (INDOEX)
- An international field experiment in the Indian Ocean during 1999 to study natural and anthropogenic climate forcing by aerosols and feedbacks on regional and global climate.
Integrated Coastal Zone Management in France, Norway and Greece (COASTMAN)
- Comparative analysis of institutional arrangement experiences and needs for Integrated Coastal Zone Management in France, Norway and Greece.
Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)
- A new international partnership of scientists and research institutions organized to explore Earth's structure and history through scientific ocean drilling. The research program will start in October 2003.
- An international and interdisciplinary initiative concerned with all aspects of mid-ocean ridges. Features organization profile, contacts, news and information on educational outreach.
Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS)
- An international programme to assess more accurately, and understand better the processes controlling, regional to global and seasonal to interannual fluxes of carbon between the atmosphere, surface ocean and ocean interior, and their sensitivity to climate changes.
Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ)
- The LOICZ Project focuses on the area of the earth's surface where land, ocean and atmosphere meet and interact. The overall goal of this project is to determine at regional and global scales: the nature of that dynamic interaction; how changes in various components of the Earth system are affecting coastal zones and altering their role in global cycles; to assess how future changes in these areas will affect their use by people; to provide a sound scientific basis for future integrated management of coastal areas on a sustainable basis.
Living with the Sea
- Project addressing the impact of sea level rise and the UK flood and coastal defence response on the internationally important habitats protected by the UK Habitats and Birds Directive.
Louisiana-Texas Shelf Physical Oceanography Program (LATEX)
- A six-year research initiative that has as its principal objective the identification of processes governing the circulation, transport, and cross-shelf mixing of the waters on the Texas-Louisiana shelf.
Marine and Freshwater Microbial Biodiversity (M&FMB)
- Researching aquatic microbial biodiversity in the context of community interactions and ecosystem function, investigating the potential of marine and freshwater microbes for biotechnological exploitation.
Marine Biodiversity and Climate Change (MarClim)
- Uses novel syntheses of existing long-term data on temperature-sensitive, readily observed intertidal climate indicator species to make predictions on changes in coastal diversity that may result from global warming.
Marine Ecosystem Evolution in a Changing Environment
- MEECE is a European Commission Seventh Framework Programme project investigating the sensitivities and potential responses of marine ecosystems to both climatic change and the direct effects of human activity.
Marine Institute: Projects Database
- Provides details of current and past projects being undertaken at this institute in Ireland.
Marine Productivity (MARPROD)
- Developed coupled model and observational systems for the pelagic ecosystem, with emphasis on physical factors affecting zooplankton population dynamics. Marine Productivity was the UK contribution to the international Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics (GLOBEC) project.
Marine Research Aquarium
- Information on the building of a marine aquarium for propagation of coral. Site also tells how to collect specimens and create a chemical/biological/physical environment conducive to coral growth in an automated artificial environment.
MAss Transfer and Ecosystem Response (MTP II-MATER)
- The overall objective of the MTP II MATER is to study and to quantify the triggering and controlling mechanisms of mass and energy transfer between the different compartments (land - sea, sea - atmosphere, water - sediment, living - non living, pelagos - benthos), in contrasting trophic environments (from eutrophic to oligotrophic) of the Mediterranean Sea and to investigate the ecosystem response to such a transfer.
Molecular Ecology of the Photosynthetic Procaryote Prochlorococcus (PROMOLEC).
- The EC MAST III project was centered on an important and recently discovered genus of marine photosynthetic microorganism: Prochlorococcus. This prokaryote proliferates in oligotrophic areas, including the Mediterranean and Red Seas, and is the tiniest and numerically the most abundant photosynthetic organism and accounts for a large part (up to 50%) of the photosynthetic biomass and primary production in these areas.
Monitoring the Atlantic Inflow Toward the Arctic (MAIA)
- Developing a system based on coastal sea-level data for monitoring the inflows of Atlantic Water to the northern seas.
Multidisciplinary Oceanographic Research in the Eastern Boundary of the North Atlantic (MORENA)
- Measures, understands and models shelf-ocean exchange in a typical coastal upwelling region of the eastern boundary layer of the subtropical ocean.
National Environment Research Council: Ocean Acidification
- Aim is to provide a greater understanding of the implications of ocean acidification and its risks to ocean biogeochemistry, biodiversity and the whole Earth System.
- The NorthEast Pacific Time-Series Undersea Networked Experiments project is a regional-scale ocean observatory for interactive, real-time, long term ocean and earth studies and is led in Canada by the University of Victoria.
- Project to establish a regional-scale ocean observatory in the northeast Pacific Ocean. The Project's 3,000-km network of fiber-optic/power cables will encircle and cross the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate in the northeast Pacific Ocean, an area roughly 500 km by 1,000 km in size. The project office is located at the University of Washington in Seattle.
New Millennium Observatory Network (NeMO NeT)
- Hydrothermal vent monitoring - links instruments and a camera located within the caldera of a submarine volcano to the Internet.
North Pacific Marine Research Program (NPMR)
- NPMR is dedicated to scientific research in the Bering Sea and adjacent waters, with the goal of better understanding the oceanic and ecological systems.
Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean
- NEMO is a modeling framework for oceanographic research and operational oceanography. It allows ocean related components (ocean dynamics, ice, biogeochemisty) to work together and to be interfaced with the component of the earth system.
Ocean Colour for the Determination of Water Column Biological Processes (BIOCOLOR)
- The aim of this study is relate changes in the properties of the water column and associated successions in the phytoplankton with changes in optical properties and ocean colour. Models based on these relationships will be developed and validated. These models will facilitate the interpretation of measurements of ocean colour (remote or in-situ) in terms of the temporal and spatial structures of phytoplankton communities.
Ocean Drilling Program (ODP)
- "An International Partnership in Geological Oceanography" -- Texas A&M University
Ocean Margins (LINK)
- Aimed at the geological understanding of ocean margins to improve prediction in exploration and reservoir characterisation for developing deep-water oil fields.
Ocean Observing and Climate Research Group
- Undertakes research into the role of the ocean in changing climate.
- Strategic marine science programme, bringing marine researchers together to increase people's knowledge of the marine environment so that they are better able to protect it for future generations.
Physiological Ecology of a Pelagic crustacean (PEP).
- Impact of a Climatic Gradient on the Physiological Ecology of a Pelagic crustacean - a study of the functional marine biodiversity as a basis for understanding ecosystem structure, dynamics and resilience is focused on the Northern krill. The patterns of diversity in this species - an important component of Atlantic communities - will be investigated at specific locations in the north-eastern Atlantic, the Kattegat and the Meditarranean.
RAPID Meridional Overturning Circulation data (RAPIDMOC)
- Near real time data from key moorings, deployed as part of a monitoring array at 26.5°N to measure the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. Part of the NERC Rapid Climate Change programme.
Regional STOrm, WAve and SUrge Scenarios for the 2100 century (STOWASUS-2100)
- Aims to study severe storms, surges and waves in the present climate and in a scenario with increased CO2-concentration. More specifically the project is a joint atmospheric/oceanographic numerical modelling effort aiming at constructing and analysing storm, wave and surge climatologies for the North Atlantic/European region in a climate forced by increasing amounts of greenhouse gases and to compare with present day conditions.
Remote Sensing System For Mapping Submerged Vegetation for Coastal Zone Management (RESCOMAN)
- A project aimed at developing a robust, operational and cost-efficient remote sensing system for mapping submerged vegetation as a means of assessing the environmental quality of coastal waters.
Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR)
- Activities focus on promoting international cooperation in planning and conducting oceanographic research, and solving methodological and conceptual problems that hinder research. Scientists from thirty-six SCOR member nations participate in SCOR working groups and steering committees.
Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) Project
- Provides quantitative data on global ocean bio-optical properties to the Earth science community. Subtle changes in ocean color signify various types and quantities of marine phytoplankton (microscopic marine plants), the knowledge of which has both scientific and practical applications.
- UK project for volunteer sports divers who have an interest in what they're seeing under water, want to learn more and want to help protect the marine environment. The main aim is to map out the various types of sea bed found in the near-shore zone, up to about 5 miles off the coast or 30m depth around the whole of the British Isles.
Significance of Anthropogenic Nitrogen for Central Baltic Sea N-cycling (SIGNAL)
- Addresses the question of eutrophication sources and what impact additional nitrogen has on the productivity in remote regions. Find project objectives, methods, results and photos.
Soviet / American Gas and Aerosol Expedition II (SAGA II)
- The overall goal of SAGA II was to evaluate the sources, distributions, and fates of climatically significant trace species in the remote, marine environment.
Surf and Swash Zone Mechanics (SASME)
- The project investigates the physical processes which take place in the surf zone on a coast with and without structures. The project shall lead to significantly improved description of the cross-shore and longshore transport, which mainly occurs within the surf zone.
Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS)
- A new international research initiative which has as its goal: 'To achieve quantitative understanding of the key biogeochemical-physical interactions and feedbacks between the ocean and the atmosphere, and how this coupled system affects and is affected by climate and environmental change'.
Trans-Atlantic Study of Calanus finmarchicus (TASC)
- The objective is to understand the physical and biological processes which control the population dynamics of the copepod Calanus finmarchicus, a key zooplankton species in the north-east Atlantic. [PDF]
Tropical Atmosphere Ocean Project (TAO)
- The TAO Array of moored buoys measures oceanographic and surface meteorological variables critical for improved detection, understanding and prediction of seasonal-to-interannual climate variations originating in the tropics, most notably those related to the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO).
U.S. Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (U.S. JGOFS)
- The US national component of the international Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS) and an integral part of global climate change research. Supported primarily by the U.S. National Science Foundation in collaboration with the NOAA, NASA and the Department of Energy and the Office of Naval Research.
UK Marine Special Areas of Conservation
- The vast coastline and seas around the UK have a remarkable marine natural heritage and provide rich resources for both work and recreation. These are treasures that need to be safeguarded and the UK Marine SACs Project is playing a major role in achieving this.
Variability of Exchanges In the Northern Seas (VEINS).
- The overall objective of VEINS was to measure and to model the variability of the fluxes between the Arctic Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean with a view on implementing a longer term system of critical measurements needed to understand the high-latitude oceans steering role in decadal climate variability.
World Ocean Circulation Experiment
- WOCE is a component of the World Climate Research Program and was undertaken in 1990 - 2002.
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