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SAMS launches new research centre connecting society and the sea

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in Oban has launched a new research centre to improve understanding of how society interacts with the marine environment, and so improve how marine and coastal areas are managed and governed.


The mission of the Laurence Mee Centre for Society and the Sea is to connect communities, values, policy and places to bring long-term, sustainable benefits to communities. The centre was named after the late Professor Laurence Mee, former director of SAMS and the UK's first professor of marine and coastal policy, who died in August.

New ocean observing tower erected at Myrmidon Reef

Visitors to Myrmidon Reef will notice a new reef addition after AIMS erected a new weather station tower on the reef early last week. The tower replaces the previous tower that was knocked down during Tropical Cyclone Yasi in February 2011. This is the last of several AIMS ocean observation facilities to be replaced in the wake of the Category 5 cyclone.

Construction of the new tower started at AIMS’ Cape Ferguson headquarters in April this year. Made of enduring galvanised steel, the tower is approximately 13m tall and weighs 18T, including 6T of ballast to hold it in place against future cyclones. Ready since September, both tide and weather conditions had to be perfect to safely install the large structure.

How climate change will affect the impact of Harmful Algal Blooms

New research involving PML scientists suggests that of two Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) types studied, one is expected to expand in North East Asia, and both are predicted to expand in the North West European/Baltic Sea region.

The recently published study in Global Change Biology sets out to fully understand how climate change could affect the influence of these blooms, through a global modelling approach. Studying 3 regions of the globe, the scientists assessed how distribution of HABs could change under a future climate change scenario, and the impacts these changes could have on a wider scale.

IOCCP and JAMSTEC are pleased to announce the 4th Intercalibration Exercise for Nutrients

IOCCP and Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) have invited more than 80 laboratories worldwide to participate in the 2014 inter-comparison study designed to test the global comparability of nutrient measurements and to promote the use of CRM of nutrients in seawater. 


The oceanographic community has continued to improve comparability of nutrient data from the world's oceans in many ways, including through 3 international inter-laboratory comparison studies since 2003 and the development of nutrient reference materials (RMs). However, adequate comparability and traceability of nutrient data have not yet been achieved.

Corals in Hot Water?

Racing time to predict the fate of corals in a warming ocean


A time bomb is ticking in the ocean, and faster than you might think. The oceans are warming, and in the next 20 to 30 years many coral reefs around the globe will reach their temperature threshold, a tipping point at which they will likely yield to weakened immune systems, bleaching disease, and in many cases, death.


This race against time fuels the work of Hannah Barkley, a graduate student in the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Joint Program in Oceanography.


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