Our videos

We have a number of self-produced videos which cover a range of topics, some of which have been developed as part of the many research projects we undertake. 

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Our videos

Why the Ocean Matters

Earth’s ocean plays a key role in regulating climate whilst its ecosystems simultaneously having to deal with climate change, increasing human exploitation, coastal urbanisation and huge pressures from marine litter and pollution. As humans strive to manage these...

Farewell to the RRS James Clark Ross

Some of the PML team were on board the recently-retired RRS James Clark Ross for the last time to unload scientific equipment. Watch for a glimpse into the vessel that has played a crucial role in marine research for three decades.

Science with impact at PML

PML Director of Science, Professor of Steve Widdicombe, discusses PML's research and its impact, following the 'Evaluation of Research Excellence and Impact of NERC Research Centres', which found PML excelled in the quality and real-world impact of its science...

Training the next generation of marine scientists with the University of Exeter

A short video on Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the University of Exeter's collaboration to give the next generation of marine biology students the opportunity to experience hands-on research and learn new techniques in the field.

The Smell of the Sea, Plankton and Climate Change


Algae in the ocean produce a molecule that not only creates the distinctive smell of the sea but also affects cloud formation and, therefore, the climate itself. Project leader, Dr Frances Hopkins, discusses this phenomenon and the ways that PML, with NERC and the...

Microbial Carbon Pump in a changing ocean: building models for the future

This video explains the the Microbial Carbon Pump project which will conduct laboratory experiments to provide the physiological information and understanding needed to develop the first ever model describing the microbial carbon pump (MCP) and its relationship with...

Being a scientific apprentice - our experience at Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Becca May and Oban Jones talk about their experience as scientific apprentices after their first year at PML.

The apprenticeships would not have been possible without the generous funding and continued support from the Lloyd's Register Foundation.

An Introduction to Plymouth Marine Laboratory

PML is a charity, undertaking pioneering marine research for the benefit of us all.  

This video gives an overview into what we do and our scientific research.

Introduction to N-osmolytes

This video gives an introduction to the Biological cycling of N-osmolytes in the surface ocean (N-osmolytes) project.

Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP)

This video gives an introduction to the four year Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP). The programme will address key knowledge gaps in marine ecosystem research.  To find out more information click here to view the programme website.

Overview of the ESA-funded GlobCurrent project

This video presents the aims and challenges of the European Space Agency (ESA)-funded project GlobCurrent. The interviews were filmed during the 1st User Consultation Meeting at Plymouth Marine Laboratory in November 2014. 

GlobCurrent aims to advance...

Introduction to the RAGNARoCC project

Radiatively Active Gases from the North Atlantic Region and Climate Change (RAGNARoCC, www.greenhouse-gases.org.uk/projects/rag­­narocc) is a project that is investigating the amount and variability of sources and sinks of greenhouse gases from the North Atlantic.

Introducing Marine Ecosystem Services

This video provides an overview of the ecosystem services approach to understanding the marine environment and its application in VECTORS, an EU-funded marine research project. 

Understanding what the ocean give us is central to its future management...

Marine OPerational ECology (OPEC) for European Regional Seas

This video provides an overview of the Marine OPerational ECology (OPEC) project followed by a brief demonstration of the Marine OPEC Data Portal.

The OPEC project, funded by the European Commission and led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory, has developed and...

A QICS look back

Now that the Quantifying and Monitoring Potential Ecosystem Impacts of Geological Carbon Storage (QICS) project has been completed, Project Leader Jerry Blackford takes a look back at what the project set out to do, how the experiments were carried out and provides an...

Summary of the Europe-Africa Marine Earth Observation Network (EAMNet) project

EAMNet was an EU project (completed in July 2013) that aimed to construct a network linking Earth Observation (EO) information providers, user networks and centres of excellence in Europe and Africa in the area of coastal and marine observations towards sustainable...

Dr Tom Vance on his career in marine science

Dr Tom Vance, Research and Development Manager for PML Applications Ltd, talks about his career pathway and the exciting opportunities available in the field of marine science.

Deploy the buoys

Drs Tim Smyth and James Fishwick talk about the marine monitoring and the Western Channel Observatory, including footage of the deployment of a new autonomous databuoy in collaboration with the UK Met Office.

Externally produced videos

What can satellite data do for aquaculture?

Video produced by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) media team to highlight state-of-the-art monitoring development for the UK shellfish aquaculture industry, as part of the BBSRC and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded ...

Monitoring the Oceans from Space MOOC

Join oceanographer and BBC science presenter Dr Helen Czerski, (University College, London), Dr Hayley Evers-King, marine Earth observation scientist (Plymouth Marine Laboratory), and Dr Mark Higgins, (EUMETSAT), to learn more about how the satellites are used to keep an...

Ocean acidification: Connecting science, industry, policy and public

A powerful short film on Ocean acidification: Connecting science, industry, policy and public. 

The other CO2 problem

A short, powerful and entertaining animation about the issue of ocean acidification, produced by Ridgeway School (Plymouth, UK) and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (www.pml.ac.uk). Funded by the European Project on OCean Acidification (www.epoca-project.eu).