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
The work that I do helps to ensure the continued accuracy of ocean colour data that underpin the new generation of ESA ocean observing satellites, that will be the principal European marine Earth Observation platform for the next 20 years. These satellite data in synergy with high, quality in-situ data provide the means to address environmental issues and challenges and to support policies to protect marine ecosystems.Dr Gavin H Tilstone
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.Explore our scienceOur impact
Environmental Monitoring at Calstock flood defence improvement scheme
Measuring the effects of new Calstock intertidal wetland on water biogeochemistry
EcoNex - The marine energy, biodiversity and food nexus
The UK has plans to increase offshore wind capacity to 50 GW by 2030. This will require an understanding of the trade-offs between climate change and the multiple uses of marine natural resources. ...
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.View our partnerships
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,
Climate change, and
Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.
View all of our research topics