- Baltic Sea Experiment (BALTEX)
BALTEX is designed as a cage experiment to assess the total heat and water flux divergence of the BALTEX area. The basic BALTEX programme elements include numerical modelling, data assimilation, experimental and numerical process studies, re-analysis of existing data sets, and application of remote sensing.
- Argo Project
Argo is a global array of 3,000 free-drifting profiling floats that will measure the temperature and salinity of the upper 2000 m of the ocean in or near real-time. The programme involves a team of International scientists.
- Sediment Transport and Boundary Layer Equipment (STABLE)
STABLE is a large instrument to measure sea bed currents. Rapidly changing 3-D turbulent currents are measured by three pairs of electromagnetic current meters, while slower, tidal currents are measured by four, red Savonius rotors and a current-direction vane. Water depth and wave-induced pressure changes are measured by two pressure transducers, while suspended sediment concentration profiles are measured by three acoustic backscatter sensors. Housekeeping functions are measured by a compass, pitch and roll sensors and two temperature sensors.
- Atmospheric Chemistry Studies in the Oceanic Environment (ACSOE)
A UK NERC Thematic Research Programme to investigate the chemistry of the lower atmosphere (0 - 12 km) over the oceans. The studies aim to bring about a clearer understanding of natural processes in the remote marine atmosphere, and how these processes are affected by atmospheric pollution originating from the continents. This information is vital in understanding regional and global-scale changes in atmospheric chemistry and climate.
- International Marine Global Change Studies (IMAGES)
a global program to collect and study marine sediment records. The overriding IMAGES science issue is to quantify climate and chemical variability of the ocean on time scales of oceanic and cryospheric processes; to determine its sensitivity to identified internal and external forcings, and to determine its role in controlling atmospheric CO2.