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Our vision is for a healthy and sustainable ocean

Plymouth Marine Laboratory conducts multidisciplinary research at the cutting edge of marine science to understand the complex marine environment and help solve the challenges it faces.

Who we areOur mission and values
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From an early age I was fascinated by the sea and the way it is driven by the ever-changing weather.  Working at PML nearly 25 years has deepened my interest and understanding of the marine environment and I consider myself privileged to be able to continually ask different questions about how things work; and sometimes coming up with the answers.

Dr Tim Smyth
Head of Science - Marine Biogeochemistry and Observations
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Delivering science with impact

PML is committed to delivering world-leading research that furthers our understanding of the ocean and creates positive outcomes for society and the environment.

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Featured projects

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Environmental Monitoring at Calstock flood defence improvement scheme

Measuring the effects of new Calstock intertidal wetland on water biogeochemistry

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TerraFIRMA: Future Impacts, Risks and Mitigation Actions in a changing Earth system

Global climate change is the leading environmental challenge facing humanity today. Reliable guidance on the risks and impacts of future climate change, and clear assessment of mitigation options ...

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Addressing global challenges

Climate change, ocean acidification, pollution and over-exploitation of natural resources – the ocean is facing greater challenges than ever. At PML we work at global, regional and local levels, alongside partners across the world, to deliver the science needed for a sustainable ocean future.

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Understanding a changing planet

Human influence has had detrimental effects on the atmosphere, ocean and land, including the warming and acidification of the marine environment. PML is renowned for its unique expertise in monitoring the effects of these changes, integrating traditional research with advanced digital science techniques and technologies.

PML is addressing these issues through our Science to impact Challenge areas, which include: Autonomy, technology and digitisation, Biodiversity, Cleaner seas, Climate change, and Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

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