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Recent journal publications

You will find a selection of recently published papers below. You can view more recent papers or search our database on our repository: Plymouth Marine Science Electronic Archive (PlyMSEA).

PML Publishing

Our in-house publishing enables us to produce outputs that may not suit the traditional publishing process. We believe it's vital that our stakeholders can freely access as much of our science as possible. We aim to publish reports, books, and other scientific literature that is of interest to those passionate about marine science.

Seascape carbon management beyond wetlands as eligible blue carbon activities

Published: 2024

Author(s): Ana M Queirós, Mingxi Yang, Saskia Rühl, Cornelia Rindt, Melissa Ward and Steve Crooks

This Issues Paper reviews peer-reviewed scientific evidence on the potential to expand carbon finance methodologies under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) to encompass Near Shore Seascape Carbon, beyond current ecosystems considered under such mechanisms, i.e., vegetated wetlands. For this assessment, no evidence was therefore reviewed on tidal wetlands, seagrasses, and mangrove ecosystems, for which carbon offset methodologies already exist.

AMT 30 Cruise Report

Published: 2023

Author(s): Dr Andy Rees

AMT30 departed from Port Stanley on 21st February 2023 aboard the&nbsp;<em>RRS Discovery.&nbsp;</em>The ship was&nbsp;home for over six weeks to crew and 26 scientists from PML, Scottish Association for Marine Science, National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the Universities of Oxford, Exeter, Liverpool, East Anglia and Heriot Watt. We also welcome guests from University of Lisbon (Portugal), Michigan State University and NASA (USA), University of Pretoria (South Africa) and CICESE (Mexico).

The 8th International Symposium on Gas Transfer at Water Surfaces - Book of Abstracts

Published: 2023

Author(s): Various Authors

The Gas Transfer at Water Surfaces (GTWS) symposium normally occurs every 5 years and has brought together scientists from countries all over the world. This topic is globally-important. Gas transfer is of great import for quantifying CO2 uptake by the ocean as well as the emission of climate-relevant gases such as DMS and other volatile organic compounds. The focus is the physicochemical and biogeochemical processes that govern atmosphere-water gas exchange and fluxes. These include turbulence, shear, breaking waves, bubbles, and surfactants as well as the biology and chemistry of the microlayer. The conference covered all domains where air and water meet, including freshwater, estuarine, marine (coastal and open ocean) and polar regions, as well as laboratory and numerical studies.

Malaysia and Selangor Mangrove Policy Mapping and Analysis

Published: 2022

Author(s): Edwards-Jones, A. Goh, HC. Lee, SL. Ruslan NFN. Lin, TL. Austen, MC. Then, AY

This report presents an overview of a policy mapping activity which considers local, state, federal and international plans, laws, policies and directives that influence the conservation and management of mangroves in Malaysia.

Assessment of the environmental, ecosystem, and human activities in coastal Vietnam and Cambodia gathered from satellite remote sensing

Published: 2022

Author(s): Helen S. Findlay, Andrey Kurekin, Nick Selmes

The NERC-funded National Capability project: Addressing Challenges of Coastal Communities through Ocean Research for Developing Economies (ACCORD) is a consortium project that aimed to deliver high-quality science outcomes required to improve the environmental information available to support: 1) Sustainable growth of, and resilience to change for, the blue economies of partner countries, and 2) Resilience to natural hazards including impact-based, climate-proof coastal flood warning systems, in coastal states on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) recipients. As part of ACCORD, PML has been working with two communities, one in Vietnam and one in Cambodia (Figure 1). Over the period 2018 to 2021, research and capacity building was carried out in these two locations. One aspect of these programmes was to utilise Earth Observations as a tool for providing background data.

MARLAN: Plymouth Marine Laboratory’s Marine Artificial Light at Night Research Facility

Published: 2022

Author(s): Ana M Queirós, Liz Talbot, Chris Pascoe, Anthony Staff and Steve Widdicombe 

This document describes the design of, and infrastructure implemented, within the Light Pollution Research Facility at Plymouth Marine Laboratory. This is a bespoke light insulated seawater aquarium facility dedicated to the study of light pollution effects, located within the mesocosm laboratory at Plymouth Marine Laboratory. The facility is composed of three main components: the Holding System; the Lighting System; and the Tidal Lightscape Simulator. The document details each section and the technical information about the design of each component.

Ecosystem service provision by marine habitats in Southeast Asia

Published: 2022

Author(s): Stefanie Broszeit, Caroline Hattam, Olivia Langmead, Radisti A. Praptiwi, Lota Creencia, Amy Yee Hui Then, Voon-Ching Lim, Tran Duc Hau, Andrew Edwards-Jones, Melanie C. Austen

This report provides an overview of the available evidence for the links between tropical marine habitats and the provision of ecosystem services. It forms one of the outputs of Project 3: Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Values of the Global Challenges Research Fund, Blue Communities Programme (grant number: NE/ P021107/1). GCRF Blue Communities aims to build capacity for sustainable interactions with marine ecosystems for the benefit of the health, well-being, food security and livelihoods of coastal communities in SE Asia. It focuses on four case study sites in SE Asia: Palawan, Philippines; Taka Bonerate Kepulauan Selayar, Indonesia; Cu Lao Cham, Viet Nam and Tun Mustapha Park in Sabah, Malaysia, the first three sites being UN Man and Biosphere Reserves, the latter being part of the largest multiple use marine park in Malaysia (Figure 1). The sites were chosen to reflect marine parks in which human use is limited by regional regulations aiming to achieve sustainable use. One site also contains some urban coastal space (Puerto Princesa City, Palawan).

Characterisation of the inshore marine sectors of Da Nang, Vietnam

Published: 2022

Author(s): Olivia R. Rendón1, Andrew Edwards-Jones1, Thi Kinh Kieu2 , Oceane Marcone1, Stefanie Broszeit1, Nicola Beaumont1
Sea and Society Group, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, United Kingdom
2Da Nang University, Vietnam

Da Nang is a pioneer site in Southeast Asia for the implementation of Integrated Coastal Management and the first city in Vietnam to become an Environmental City in 2020. At the same time, the city of Da Nang in Vietnam is experiencing substantial changes in its urban landscape due to socioeconomic growth in line with three primary pillars: tourism, high-tech industry, and marine economy. These pillars are likely to bring negative environmental consequences, of which marine water quality is a key concern. Thus, this study carried out a characterisation of the inshore marine sectors and developed understanding of the impacts of poor water quality and Covid-19, with the aim of informing marine-coastal management.

Climate-smart spatial planning assessment in support of conservation and blue growth in Da Nang city's marine environment

Published: 2022

Author(s): Queiros, AM; Talbot, E; Kay, S; Sailley, SF; Vu Hoang Le, T; Thi Pham, C; Widdicombe, S

This study assessed ocean climate modelling datasets to establish what sensitivities to climate change could be identified for species of commercial and conservation value in the waters of Da Nang City, Vietnam, and what actions could be taken to support their adaptation to these pressures.

AMT 29 Cruise Report

Published: 2020

Author(s): Giorgio Dall'Olmo

The 29th Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) research cruise (DY110) set sail from Southampton on October 13th, 2019 aboard the Royal Research Ship Discovery and arrived in Punta Arenas, Chile, on November 25th, 2019. This cruise report gathers together the scientific information and data obtained from the cruise.

AMT28 Cruise Report

Published: 2019

Author(s): Dr Glen Tarran

The cruise departed from the UK on 23rd September 2018 and arrived in the Falklands on the 30th October 2018.<br /> <br /> This year the cruise benefited from the addition of funding from the European Space Agency for the&nbsp;AMT4OceanSatFlux&nbsp;project.&nbsp; The project used an eddy vovariance technique to measure gas exchange. The measurements are being used to validate a range of satellite productes in order to gain regional and global estimates of the flux of carbon dioxide between the atmosphere and the Altantic Ocean.

AMT27 Cruise Report

Published: 2018

Author(s): Rees, AP

AMT27 set sail from Immingham on 23rd September 2017 aboard the RRS Discovery and arrived in the Falklands on 5th November 2017.

AMT26 Cruise Report

Published: 2017

Author(s): Rees, AP

AMT26 set sail from Immingham on 20th September 2016 aboard the British Antarctic Survey vessel the RRS James Clark Ross and arrived in Stanley, Falkland Islands on 4th November 2016.

AMT25 Cruise Report

Published: 2015

Author(s): Smyth, TJ

AMT25 set sail from Immingham on 15th September aboard the British Antarctic Survey vessel the RRS James Clark Ross and arrived in Stanley, Falkland Islands on 3rd November 2015.

AMT24 Cruise Report

Published: 2014

Author(s): Smyth, TJ

The twenty-fourth research cruise in the Atlantic Meridional Transect series, between the UK and the Falkland Islands, and funded by NERC National Capability, has been successfully completed. AMT24 set sail from Immingham on 22nd September aboard the British Antarctic Survey vessel&nbsp;James Clark Ross, and arrived in Stanley on 2nd November 2014.

AMT23 Cruise Report

Published: 2013

Author(s): Zubkov, MV

The 23rd&nbsp;AMT Cruise departed the UK from Immingham on the 7th October 2013 on board the RRS James Clark Ross and arrived in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands on the 8th November 2013.

AMT22 Cruise Report

Published: 2012

Author(s): Tarran, GA

The AMT22 cruise set sail from Southampton in the UK on 10 October 2012 and arrived in Punta Arenas, Chile on 24 November 2012. The principal scientist was Glen Tarran from Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

AMT21 Cruise Report

Published: 2011

Author(s): Tarran, GA

The AMT21 cruise set sail from Avonmouth in the UK on 29 September 2011 and arrived in Punta Arenas, Chile on 14 November. The principal scientist was Glen Tarran from Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

AMT19 Cruise Report

Published: 2010

Author(s): Rees, AP

AMT19, the second in the series of cruises funded by the Oceans 2025 programme set sail from the UK on 13 October 2009 and arrived in Chile on 1 December 2009.&nbsp; The principal scientist was Andy Rees from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

AMT20 Cruise Report

Published: 2010

Author(s): Rees, AP

The twentieth AMT cruise will set sail from Southampton in the UK on 12 October 2010 and is due to arrive in Chile on 25 November.

AMT18 Cruise Report

Published: 2008

Author(s): Woodward EMS

This was the eighteenth in the series of Atlantic Meridional Transect cruises and was carried out on board the British Antarctic Survey research vessel, the RRS&nbsp;James Clark Ross.

AMT17 Cruise Report

Published: 2006

Author(s): Holligan, PM

AMT17 was the sixth and final cruise of the second phase of the AMT programme, with a focus on the subtropical gyres of both the northern and southern hemispheres. The cruise sailed from Glasgow in the UK to Port Elizabeth in South Africa, from 15 October 2005 to 28 November 2005.&nbsp; The track extended south west of the Azores into the subtropical gyre, and was similar to that for AMT14.

AMT16 Cruise Report

Published: 2005

Author(s): Bale, AJ

This was the fifth cruise in the series funded by a NERC Consortium Grant.&nbsp; The cruise was on board the RRS&nbsp;Discovery&nbsp;and sailed from Cape Town, South Africa to Falmouth, UK from 19 May to 29 June 2005.

AMT15 Cruise Report

Published: 2004

Author(s): Rees, AP

This was the fourth cruise of the funded by a NERC Consortium Grant. The cruise took place on board the RRS&nbsp;Discovery&nbsp;departing from Southampton, UK on 17 September 2004 and terminating in Cape Town, South Africa on 29 October 2004.

AMT14 Cruise Report

Published: 2004

Author(s): Holligan, PM

This was the third in the series of six AMT cruises funded by a NERC Consortium Grant.&nbsp; The RRS&nbsp;James Clark Ross&nbsp;sailed from Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands on 28 April and arrived in the UK on 1 June 2004. The principal scientist was Prof. Patrick Holligan from the Southampton Oceanograpy Centre.

AMT13 Cruise Report

Published: 2004

Author(s): Robinson, C

This was the second in the series of cruises funded by a NERC Consortium Grant. The RRS&nbsp;James Clark Ross&nbsp;set sail from Immingham in the UK on 8 September 2003 and arrived in Stanley, Falkland Islands on&nbsp;13 October 2003.&nbsp; The principal scientist was Carol Robinson from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

AMT12 Cruise Report

Published: 2003

Author(s): Jickells, TD

This was the first of a series of six AMT cruises funded by a NERC Consortium Grant. It sailed from Port Stanley, The Falklands on 12 May 2003 and docked in Grimsby, UK on 17 June 2003.&nbsp; The principal scientist was Tim Jickells from the University of East Anglia, UK.

AMT11 Cruise Report

Published: 2000

Author(s): Woodward EMS

The AMT11 cruse sailed onboard the RRS&nbsp;James Clark Ross&nbsp;from Grimsby, UK on 12 September 2000 and ended in Montevideo, Uruguay on 11 October 2000. The prinicipal scientist for the cruise was Malcolm Woodward from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

AMT10 Cruise Report

Published: 2000

Author(s): Gallienne CP

The AMT10 cruise took place from 12 April to 8 May 2000 sailing from Montevideo, Uruguay to Grimsby, UK on board the RRS&nbsp;James Clark Ross.&nbsp; The principal scientist was Chris Gallienne from Plymouth Marine Laboratory.