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Current projects



Controls over Ocean Mesopelagic Interior Carbon Storage (COMICS) is a four-year collaborative research project that aims to quantify the flow of carbon in the ocean’s ‘twilight’ zone in order to more accurately model global climate change.

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The Carbon Uptake and Seasonal Traits in Antarctic Remineralisation Depth (CUSTARD) project will examine how seasonal changes in food availability for phytoplankton at a key junction of the global ocean circulation influences how long carbon is trapped in the ocean rather than escape to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.

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EXport Processes in the Ocean from Remote Sensing (EXPORTS) is a large-scale NASA-led field campaign that will provide critical information for quantifying the export and fate of upper ocean net primary production (NPP) using satellite observations and state of the art ocean technologies.

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FLUXES: Constraining organic carbon fluxes in an Eastern Boundary Upwelling system (Cape Blanc; NW Africa): the role of non-sinking carbon in the context of the biological pump.

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Gauging ocean Organic Carbon fluxes using Autonomous Robotic Technologies (GOCART) represents a significant advance in quantifying temporal variability in remineralisation depth, which is key to reducing uncertainty in model predictions of ocean carbon storage, and yet currently almost entirely unknown.

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The overall goal of MEESO is to quantify the spatio-temporal distributions of biomass, production and ecosystem role of mesopelagic resources and to assess options to sustainably manage and govern their exploitation.

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Ocean Twilight Zone (US)

OTZ will combine exacting science, innovative technology, and broad engagement to turn knowledge into actions that improve understanding of our planet and how to live sustainably on it.

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Robots Explore plankton-drive Fluxes in the marine twilight zone: REFINE. REFINE ambitions to implement breakthrough in situ robotic process studies based on a new generation of highly instrumented jumboized profiling floats.

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The aim of SOLACE is to develop an approach to quantify the changing effectiveness of CO2 sequestration by the biological pump that can be implemented using remote-sensing of the ocean surface by satellites and it’s interior by autonomous vehicles.

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Sustainable Management of Mesopelagic Resources (SUMMER) will establish a protocol to accurately estimate mesopelagic fish biomass, quantify the ecosystem services provided by the mesopelagic community (food, climate regulation and potential for bioactive compounds) and develop a decision support tool to measure the trade-offs between the different services.

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The aim of SeaPump is to understand the Seasonal and regional food web interactions with the biological pump.

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Radioactive TRACErs and novel modelling techniques for an accurate quantification of the biological pump and ocean CARBON storage.