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BODC has been or is currently involved in the following UK based projects and initiatives
- 36 North — 2004 - 2008
The 36 North project is an effort to understand the influences on global climate regulation.
- Antarctic Deep Water Rates of Export (ANDREX) — Ongoing
The ANDREX programme aims to investigate the exchange of water masses between the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) and the Weddell Sea.
- ARABESQUE — Completed 1998
The ARABESQUE project studied the upper ocean microbial biogeochemistry in the Arabian Sea.
- Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) — 1995 - 2005
The AMT programme undertakes a twice yearly transect between the UK and the Falkland Islands to study the factors determining the ecological and biogeochemical variability in the planktonic ecosystems.
- Atmospheric Chemistry Studies in the Oceanic Environment (ACSOE)
— Completed 2000
The ACSOE programme investigated the chemistry of the lower atmosphere (0 -12 km) over the oceans.
- Autosub Science Missions — Completed 2002
The Autosub Science Missions project demonstrated the usefulness of Autosub, an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV).
- Autosub Under Ice (AUI) — 2002 - 2007
The AUI programme will investigate the role of sub-ice shelf processes in the climate system. The marine environment beneath floating ice shelves will be explored using Autosub.
- Biogeochemical Ocean Flux Study (BOFS) — Completed 1994
The BOFS project studied the processes that control carbon exchanges between the atmosphere, the surface ocean and the ocean interior.
- Coastal Flooding by Extreme Events (CoFEE) — 2007 - 2010
The CoFEE project aims to improve our understanding of how the coast will respond to changes in climate, sea level, storm and wave frequency. Its particular focus is changes to coastal flood risk, shorelines, beach profiles and coastal habitats.
- Enabling Parameter Discovery (EnParDis) — 2003 - 2005
EnParDis is a project to develop our Parameter Dictionary. Parameter dictionaries are used to label data with a standard description and are crucial when searching out and exchanging data.
- Fluxes Across Sloping Topography of the North East Atlantic (FASTNEt) — 2011 - 2015
The FASTNEt consortium aims to improve current understanding of exchange processes taking place at ocean–shelf boundaries. A combination of novel observational strategies and modelling techniques will focus on the shelf edge, west of the UK, as part of a four year scientific study.
- Land-Ocean Interaction Study (LOIS) — Completed 2001
The LOIS project was designed to study coastal processes. Investigations covered river catchments, estuaries and coastal seas and their long-term evolution, air-sea interaction and shelf-edge interactions with the open ocean.
- Liverpool - East Anglia Coastal Study 2 (LEACOAST2) — 2006 - 2009
The LEACOAST2 project follows the recent LEACOAST project (2002 - 2005) in studying sediment transport under tide and wave conditions at Sea Palling, Norfolk, UK.
- Marine and Freshwater Microbial Biodiversity (M&FMB) — 2000
The M&FMB programme is intended to understand the huge variety of microscopic life which inhabits our oceans, lakes and rivers. It will also investigate the potential for biotechnological exploitation.
- Marine Productivity (MarProd) — 2000 - 2005
The main goal of MarProd is to develop coupled modelling and observation systems for the pelagic ecosystem, with emphasis on the physical factors affecting zooplankton dynamics.
- Marine Environment Monitoring and Assessment National database (MERMAN) — 2006 - 2009
MERMAN is a new national database designed to hold and provide access to data collected under the Clean Safe Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP) - formerly the National Marine Monitoring Programme (NMMP).
- Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP) — 2014 - 2019
The £5 million Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP) is jointly funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The project started in 2014 and will run for five years. The reserach will be undertaken by over 50 UK scientists from 12 research organisations.
- NERC DataGrid — 2002 - 2005
The challenge for NERC DataGrid is to build an e-grid which makes data discovery, delivery and use much easier than it is now.
- North Sea Project — Completed 1992
The North Sea Project aimed to enhance scientists’ ability to predict the impact of man’s activities on the North Sea through the development computer based models.
- Ocean Surface Mixing, Ocean Sub-mesoscale Interaction Study (OSMOSIS) — 2011 - 2015
The OSMOSIS consortium aims to improve understanding of the Ocean Surface Boundary Layer (OSBL), the interface between the atmosphere and the deeper ocean.
- Plankton Reactivity in the Marine Environment (PRIME) — Completed
The PRIME project studied the role of plankton in determining oceanic biogeochemical fluxes and their implications in climate regulation.
- Rapid Climate Change (RAPID) — 2001 - 2007
The RAPID programme is an effort to understand the causes of sudden changes in the Earth's climate.
- RAPID-WATCH — 2008 - 2014
Building on RAPID, the RAPID-WATCH programme aims to deliver a decade-long time series of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC).
- UK Tide Gauge Network — Ongoing
A network of tide gauges set up as a result of severe flooding along the east coast of England in 1953. The network forms the basis for present day storm surge forecasts.
- UK Ocean Acidification (UKOA) — 2010 - 2015
The UKOA programme is the UK's response to the call for increased research effort into this emerging science area following widespread concerns about ocean acidification.
- UK - Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Programme — 2014 - 2018
UK-OSNAP is part of an international collaboration to establish a transoceanic observing system in the subpolar North Atlantic. The aim is to quantify and understand the Subpolar Gyre's response to local and remote forcing of mass, heat and freshwater fluxes, within the conceptual framework of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC).
- UK Surface Ocean - Lower Atmosphere Study (UK SOLAS) — 2003 - 2010
The UK's contribution to the SOLAS programme which aims to clarify the complex interactions between the ocean and atmosphere. The focus is on chemical exchanges that affect marine productivity and climate.
- UK World Ocean Circulation Experiment (UK WOCE) — Completed
The UK's contribution to the WOCE project which studied the deep oceans and carried out theoretical and numerical modelling studies.
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