PML is partnering the UK Met Office in an EU funded contract to provide data and services about our coastal waters including for those who protect and save lives at sea.
Following a 5 year development and implementation phase the new state of the art European North West Shelf (NWS) service has now become fully operational. It includes a wide range of products supporting day to day working life, safety and development in the marine environment.
The available products include data on currents, temperature, salinity, sea level, sea ice and biogeochemistry. They support marine and maritime applications and can be accessed free of charge here.
The NWS partnership brings together operational oceanography and service delivery expertise with science excellence to provide users with a world-class service. PML partners include the Met Office, Envitia, the National Oceanography Centre, the Institute of Marine Research in Norway and the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany.
John Siddorn, Head of Ocean Forecasting at the Met Office and co-chair of the National Centre for Ocean Forecasting, said “Securing the contract to provide core marine environmental monitoring services for our coastal waters is great news. Users, who range from large multinationals to individual researchers and leisure users, can continue to access the best available information about the marine environment every day, for free. It’s also very exciting for me as a scientist, knowing that some of the great work we do is out there for all to use.”
Professor Icarus Allen, PML Head of Science commented: “Plymouth Marine Laboratory is delighted to be part of the Marine Service. We will support the real-time production of data drawing on our expertise in biogeochemical modelling to assist in the transitioning of new versions of the forecast system, with particular emphasis upon quality assessment of the new system prior to implementation to ensure it meets or betters the quality standards of previous versions of the systems. We will also contribute to the Ocean State Reports and deliver training to allow operational oceanography practitioners, to fully exploit the capabilities of the operational systems.”
As well as providing services the partnership will continue to improve existing services and develop new services as required.
Image above shows annual mean of depth integrated Chlorophyll for year 2010 as simulated by the NEMO-ERSEM model.