Expedition to the PAP sustained ocean observatory is underway
This week, as part of the RRS Discovery expedition to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain sustained ocean observatory, a zooplankton net was deployed and a buoy recovered after a year in the ocean, covered in barnacles (see image above). As part of this expedition the team on board are also investigating microplastics in the ocean.
To watch the project's principal investigator, NOC's Professor Richard Lampitt, talking through some of the scientific instruments on board, and how they will be used to gather data on microplastics in the ocean, click here.
This video was broadcast live on Sky News as part of the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign.
To read more about what the expedition is aiming to achieve click here.
Keep updated on this expedition by reading the blog here, or following the PAP observatory on Twitter or Instagram.
Applications now being accepted for summer school
We are hosting an intensive two-week International Summer School on Global Greenhouse Gases at our Southampton site which is being funded by the Natural Environment Research Council under the "Advanced Short Training Course" Programme. It is aimed at advanced PhD students and post-doctoral researchers in the natural sciences who want to develop a solid understanding of the role of key greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the Earth system and the processes that govern their dynamics in the atmosphere, ocean and biosphere.
Visit our conference website now to find the application form and all associated information. The application deadline is 5 May 2017. The course is open to all advanced PhD students and early career scientists, both from the UK and other countries.
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