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  • Coastal and Shelf Sea Interactions (COIN).
    The overall aim of the NERC CCMS "COIN" project is to improve the understanding of the active processes in coastal and shelf seas and their essential interactions, thereby enabling the development of coupled models for forecasting and management into the next century.

  • Land-Ocean Interaction Study (LOIS).
    LOIS was a 6 year project (1992 - 1998) of the UK's Natural Environment Research Council involving over 360 scientists from 11 institutes and 27 universities. This project was the United Kingdom's contribution to LOICZ. It aims were to quantify and simulate the fluxes and transformations of materials (sediments, nutrients, contaminants) into and out of the coastal zone, extending from the catchment to the edge of the continental shelf. The main study area, embracing river catchments, estuaries and coastal seas, was the UK East Coast from Berwick upon Tweed to Great Yarmouth, concentrating on the Humber and its catchment, and to a lesser extent the River Tweed. The shelf edge study was focused on an area to the west of Scotland.

  • Physiological Ecology of a Pelagic crustacean (PEP).
    Impact of a Climatic Gradient on the Physiological Ecology of a Pelagic crustacean - a study of the functional marine biodiversity as a basis for understanding ecosystem structure, dynamics and resilience is focused on the Northern krill. The patterns of diversity in this species - an important component of Atlantic communities - will be investigated at specific locations in the north-eastern Atlantic, the Kattegat and the Meditarranean.

  • Microbial Ecosystem Dynamics (MEDEA).
    MEDEA is a combined experimental and theoretical approach towards understanding the mechanisms determining microbial ecosystem dynamics in the photic zone. Centered around an idealized conceptual/mathematical model, questions are addressed concerning mechanisms regulating structure and function of the food web.

  • Coastal Habitat Management Plans (CHaMPs)
    The project is intended to help develop and trial a methodology to allow EU member states to fulfil essential obligations under Article 6.2 of the Habitats Directive. In the UK this is reinforced by MAFF High Level Targets for Flood and Coastal Defence, and will support the delivery of Biological Action Plans aimed at securing the management of Natura 2000 sites.

  • Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE)
    GRACE will be able to map the Earth's gravity fields by making accurate measurements of the distance between two satellites, using GPS and a microwave ranging system. It will provide scientists with a way to map the Earth's gravity fields. The results from this mission will yield information about the distribution and flow of mass within the Earth and its oceans and surroundings.

  • Climate Variability and Predictability Study (CLIVAR)
    An interdisciplinary research effort within the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) focussing on the variability and predictability of the slowly varying components of the climate system. It investigates the physical and dynamical processes in the climate system that occur on seasonal, interannual, decadal and centennial time-scales.

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