The PML Marine Systems Modelling Group is an independent, impartial provider of scientific research in the marine environment, with a focus on understanding biodiversity and ecosystem function. The group contributes to the issues of global change, sustainability and pollution, delivering solutions for national and international marine and coastal programmes.

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  • Addressing Challenges of Coastal Communities through Ocean Research for Developing Economies (ACCORD)

    ACCORD is another component of NERC’s national capability funding which is focused on providing tools and knowledge to assist the environmentally sustainable development of livelihoods. In particular we will be developing regional and local scale models within SE Asia and specifically Vietnam and Cambodia. ACCORD will provide partner countries with an improved capability for integrated and sustainable management of marine activities. This capability will help partner countries to build a resilient marine and coastal socio-ecological system, and support their growing Blue Economies.
  • Assessing & Mitigating the risks of Harmful Algal Blooms (AMHABS)

    AMHAB aims to develop a HAB prediction tool that could allow aquaculture practitioners to optimize the management of their farm and therefore reduce the losses associated to HABs. The project focuses on the SouthWest of UK and combine in situ and remote sensing observation, FVCOM-ERSEM models of the SouthWest to characterise the marine ecosystem and statistical predictive models.

    CLASS is NERC’s national capability programme which provides underpinning funding to maintain key Marine Science functions such as observational programmes and models.
  • Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS-NOWMAPS2)

    The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) provides regular and systematic reference information on the physical state, variability and dynamics of the ocean and marine ecosystems for the global ocean and the European regional seas. The NOWMAPS (2) project provides CMEMS with this information for the North-West European Shelf region. NOWMAPS is led by the UK Met Office and includes Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the National Oceanography Centre and the Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie based in Hamburg.
    The observations and forecasts provided via CMEMS support many marine users including marine safety, resource and environmental applications.
  • Land Ocean Carbon Transfer (LOCATE )

    Looking at the fate of terrestrial DOM, relevance to climate change and impact of carbon capture on tDOM cycling
  • Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP)

    Addressing the key knowledge gaps in marine ecosystem research. By bringing together existing data and targeted new data, the programme scientists will integrate these data with current models and knowledge of ecosystem services within a common framework, in order to improve our understanding of the whole UK marine ecosystem.


    MyCOAST will develop risk management tools and a Coordination Atlantic Coastal Operational Observatory to improve coastal monitoring and forecasting tools to support threat and emergency response by in the Atlantic area.
  • N-OSmolytes Across the Surface Southern Ocean: Environmental Drivers and Bioinformatics (NOSASSO )

    NOSASSO will address this knowledge gap by participating in the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition, collecting samples and data around the entire Southern Ocean, to build an overall picture of the importance of these organic nitrogen compounds in the Southern Ocean.
  • PRIMROSE: Predicting Risk and Impact of Harmful Events on the Aquaculture Sector (PRIMROSE)

    The PRIMROSE project will further develop ASIMUTH, a harmful algal bloom forecasting system to provide improved forecasts at a higher resolution, a wider suite of parameters, a new index based risk assessment and will encompass aquaculture from the Shetland to the Canary Islands. Products produced by the project are likely to benefit policy makers, risk regulators, food safety authorities and the shellfish and fin-fish industry and will exploit existing EU investment in marine observing infrastructure.
  • Processes Influencing Carbon Cycling: Observations of the Lower limb of the Antarctic Overturning (PICCOLO)

    PICCOLO project is to understand and quantify the mechanisms that transform the carbon contained in the seawater as it rises to the surface near Antarctica, interacts with the atmosphere, ice, phytoplankton and zooplankton inhabiting the near surface, before descending to the ocean depths. The observations and data from the project will feed into Earth system models to better enable them to quantify oceanic carbon cycles and increase the confidence in the projections made by such models.
  • Resolving Climate Impacts on shelf and CoastaL sea Ecosystems (ReCICLE)

    RECICLE studies the impact of high resolution physical processes and ecosystem complexity in determining the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems
  • Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry (SSB)

    Building on expertise in shelf sea biogeochemical and physical modelling in the UK, a new shelf biogeochemical model system will be built for use by the UK science community.

  • Sustainable Oceans, Livelihoods and food Security Through Increased Capacity in Ecosystem research in the Western Indian Ocean (SOLSTICE)

    A four year collaborative GCRF project that aims to strengthen capacity in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region to address challenges of food security and sustainable livelihoods for coastal communities.

Completed projects