New technologies

In the coming decades the Earth system will have to address two fundamental challenges: managing global environmental change and providing resources to support over 9 billion people. In order to meet these challenges we will need to develop new technologies for monitoring and protecting the marine environment and for energy and food production.

At PML we are constantly striving to improve and develop technologies for monitoring the marine environment, to further our understanding of how it functions, in order to be able to predict responses to future environmental change and management options.

We are making progress in the technological transition towards autonomous measurements and maintain two autonomous buoys at long-term stations in the western English Channel, which are also used as a platform to test and develop new technologies. Our aim is to produce an Automated Robotic Ecosystem Observatory, consisting of a surface buoy with profiling capability; an Environmental Sample Processor for real-time DNA analysis and Chemical Sediment Imager for seafloor biogeochemistry.

PML is a leader in the development of satellite applications for monitoring the marine environment, ranging from detection of illegal fishing vessels, to early detection of harmful algal blooms to protect aquaculture sites to identifying key hotspots of pelagic diversity to inform the planning process.

We are also trying to unlock the biotechnology potential of marine resources in applications that may be useful to society, ranging from the production of biofuels from algae to the development of a vortex bioreactor for sanitation applications in the developing world.

PML are also working to develop solutions for climate change mitigation through Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage and to assess the potential impacts of marine renewable energy.

Through our trading subsidiary PML Applications Ltd we apply new technologies for ballast water treatment and biofouling management.

Making a difference

New technologies will enable better and more comprehensive monitoring of the marine environment to underpin evidence-based solutions to the challenges facing our oceans and to utilise the resources it holds in a responsible and sustainable manner.

Further information

Projects

REOPTIMIZE

REmineralisation, OPTIcs and Marine partIcle siZE (REOPTIMIZE)

Contact: Dr Giorgio Dall'Olmo

In the REOPTIMIZE project,  the relationships between the size of marine particles and how they interact with light will be examined across...

AMT4SentinelFRM

AMT4SentinelFRM

Contact: Dr Gavin Tilstone

The AMT4SentinelFRM project focuses on providing high quality reference measurements to validate Sentinel satellite data during the Atlantic...

Western Channel Observatory (WCO)

Western Channel Observatory (WCO)

Contact: Dr Tim Smyth

The Western Channel Observatory (WCO) is an oceanographic time-series and marine biodiversity reference site in the Western English Channel. In...

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