Land-Ocean Interaction Study (LOIS)

Stormy day during a LOIS SES cruise
Stormy day during a LOIS SES cruise ©

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.

It was a research project of the UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) that brought together scientists from NERC institutes and UK universities to work on a common theme.

The project ran from 1992 to 1998 and involved over 360 scientists from 11 research institutes and 27 universities. LOIS was the UK's contribution to international project, Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ). The LOIS project was primarily funded by NERC.

LOIS had a number of components studying riverine, atmospheric, estuarine, coastal and shelf processes. These components were

  • RACS(R) — Rivers, Atmosphere and Coasts (Rivers)
  • RACS(A) — Rivers, Atmosphere and Coasts (Atmosphere)
  • RACS(C) — Rivers, Atmosphere and Coasts (Coasts and Estuaries)
  • LOEPS — Land-Ocean Evolution Perspective Study
  • SES — Shelf Edge Study
  • NORMS — North Sea Modelling Study

Further details can be found on the NERC LOIS project pages.

Data management

BODC had responsibility for the management of data from two of the studies, LOIS SES and LOIS RACS(C). We also hold the master copy of the RACS(A) data set which was assembled at the University of East Anglia. These data sets have been published on CDROM. Details on how to order the CDROMs can be found on our products pages.

Land-Ocean Interaction Study