The continental shelf edge is the controlling gateway to exchange of nutrients and carbon between oceanic and shelf waters, with impacts on global climate and on regional resources. Our knowledge of how exchange between ocean and shelf changes from season to season, and from one year to another, is at present rather limited. FASTNEt applies the latest observational and modelling techniques to the aim of resolving the key seasonal, interannual and regional variation absent from existing knowledge.
The supplies of oceanic nutrients to the shelf seas are vital in supporting the productive higher trophic levels in shelf and coastal waters, including 90% of the world’s commercial fish catches. Much of the population rely heavily rely upon these resources, so there is an increasing need to understand how they will be affected by changes in ocean/shelf exchange processes.
We are developing new Earth Observation tools to extend the measurements made using sea gliders and drifters, analyse the interactions at shelf-sea fronts and increase our understanding of critical processes.
This project has been completed
Funder: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Project start date: October 2011
Project end date: June 2016
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Dr Peter Miller
Senior Earth Observation Scientist
Dr Benjamin Loveday, Dr Peter Miller