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External data products

PML creates a wealth of fundamental data describing the marine environment. These data sets vary from the results of small-scale experiments to large decadal long observational programs and massive earth observation and model generated data. In some cases, we feed these data into national or international data centres, sometimes we curate the data ourselves. This page provides links to a variety of our public facing data.

Copernicus Marine Services NW European Shelf operational model

Key Contact: Susan Kay

The Copernicus Marine Service provides free and open marine data and services to enable marine policy implementation, supporting Blue growth and scientific innovation. PML as part of a consortium led by the UK Met Office provides reanalysis and opperational models covering the NE Atlantic-NW european shelf region.

Copernicus Marine Services Earth Observation

Key Contact: Steve Groom

PML provides Green Ocean’ parameters from Earth Observation satellites for the Atlantic and Arctic regions; including chlorophyll concentration, remote sensing reflectance, phytoplankton functional types as daily time series delivered in near real-time mode and reprocessed products. Ocean Monitoring Indicators such as chlorophyll trend, gyre size, and eutrophication indicator are also available.

Plymouth Sound Operational model

Key Contact: Riqui Torres

The MyCoast operational model gives a unique insight into the marine environment in the Plymouth region by providing detailed forecasts of both water and atmospheric conditions. You can then enjoy our wonderful marine landscape whilst learning about the processes that drive it.PML’s MyCoast incorporates several tools, including prediction of pollution risk and tracking drifting objects.

PML Model data portal

Key Contact: Susan Kay

PML’s inhouse model data portal provides summaries of some of our key data holdings including the NW European Shelf, the Bay of Bengal, the Mediterranean and also Global simulations.

Western Channel Observatory - WCO

Key Contacts:Tim Smyth - Angus Atkinson

The Western Channel Observatory (WCO) is an oceanographic time-series and marine biodiversity reference site in the Western English Channel. In situ measurements are undertaken weekly at coastal station L4 and fortnightly at open shelf station E1 using the research vessels of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory and the Marine Biological Association. These measurements are complemented by PML's recognised excellence in ecosystem modelling and satellite remote sensing science. Please visit our WCO website, where the “data” page provides a full catalogue of the wealth of atmospheric, pelagic and benthic data collected, with contacts points for each data set.

Atlantic Meridional Transect - AMT

Key Contact: Andy Rees

The Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) is a multidisciplinary programme which undertakes biological, chemical and physical oceanographic research during an annual voyage between the UK and destinations in the South Atlantic. Please see AMT website ( AMT - Oceanographic research cruise from the UK to the South Atlantic ( ) for further information, all AMT data inventories can be found at: AMT project data management at BODC.

Copernicus Climate Change Services (C3S) Ocean Colour

Key Contact: Ben Calton

Global Chlorophyll concentration and remote sensing reflectance as a climate-quality, multi-mission, long time series Earth observation dataset at 4km resolution. Data processing chain from ESA’s Ocean Colour CCI project.

Key Contacts: James Clark - Susan Kay

Set of downscaled climate projections in the European seas under RCP4.5 and CP8.5 scenarios. Key physical and biogeochemical indicators are provided using POLCOMS-ERSEM and NEMO-ERSEM.

NERC Earth Observation Data Analysis and Artificial-Intelligence Service (NEODAAS)

NEODAAS is hosted at PML and provides and Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning at EO service comprising training, one-to-one guidance, data pre-processing and access to a £1M GPU cluster. NEODAAS routinely processes data from a number of satellite sensors to create products such as chlorophyll concentration and Sea Surface Temperature (SST), these are made available through Multiview and the Web portal (see below for links). Key products, include near real-time support for research cruises, processing of data from the NCEO Aircraft Earth Observatorry suite of hyperspecrtal visible, NIR, SWIR and themal senors and an airborne lidar and other custom processing are supported through the NEODAAS custom data request system.

ESA climate change initiative

Key Contact: Shubha Sathyendranath

PML lead the Ocean Colour climate change initiative project, and contribute to the Lakes, Sea State and Sea Level themes.

ESA climate change initiative Lakes and Copernicus Global Land inland waters

Key Contact: Stefan Simis

PML are co science lead on the Lakes climate change initiative project and contribute data to the Copernicus Global Land project.


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BODC is the UK national oceanographic data centre, tasked with looking after and distributing data concerning the marine environment. BODC is an accredited Data Archive Centre within the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN).


Key Contact: Angus Atkinson

PML researchers are leading an ongoing data rescue and compilation exercise to build open access databases on Southern Ocean zooplankton abundance and population structure of use for science, management and conservation. The free-access (doi’d) data are stored at the Polar Data Centre of British Antarctic Survey and include distribution data of Antarctic krill and salps and population structure data of krill KRILLBASE-is a compilation of scientific net sampling data on length, sex and maturity stage of Euphausia superba around the Southern Ocean, 1926 to 2016 - British Antarctic Survey

Learn more about the other PML science projects