Emission control

September 26, 2014

Exhaust gases from ships are a dangerous pollutant, affecting the marine environment and its inhabitants. Professor Wamadeva Balachandran of Brunel University, UK details the most harmful emissions, and how his project DEECON hopes to tackle them. The emission of exhaust gases from ships is a major source of pollutants, causing significant exposure risk to those living…

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NANO – Not as small as you might think

September 16, 2014

The NF-POGO Alumni Network for Oceans, or ‘NANO’, is a global network of past and present Nippon Foundation–Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans scholars. The members of the network have a common commitment to ocean science and undertake research to further their understanding and observation of the ocean, for the benefit of society. NANO…

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Oceans, climate change and policy

September 8, 2014

Comprising approximately three quarters of the Earth’s surface, the world’s oceans constitute a crucial component of the planet’s ecology and climate system, and are symbiotically fundamental to the very existence of our species. This link cannot, and should not, be understated. Not only does half the world’s population live within a coastal zone, but economically,…

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Guest post: Environmentally friendly water treatment

August 20, 2014

Environmental chemist Mark Scrimshaw, researcher at Brunel University London, UK, explains the dangers of ballast water, and how the collaborative project UV-MON is helping to eliminate these using an integrated bio-monitoring treatment system Ballast water, pumped into ships to maintain safe operating conditions, has been used for over 100 years. Yet it poses a significant threat…

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Guest post: Understanding marine ecosystems

August 12, 2014

With a background in marine biology, Dr Catarina Grilo now works for the Gulbenkian Oceans Initiative (GOI) in Portugal, established to improve understanding of marine and coastal ecosystems. Writing exclusively for the Congress, she details the explosion of the concept of ecosystem services, and her work to encourage wider appreciation of the societal benefits of…

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Guest post: Climate Change and Inland Seas

August 5, 2014

Palynologist Professor Suzanne Leroy, of Brunel University London, UK writes exclusively for the World Research and Innovation Congress-Oceans on the CLIMSEAS project, which aims to create a network of international scientists working on climate change in inland sea areas Inland sea areas are sensitive environments capable of providing key information on global climate change. Given the…

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Safe to shore

July 23, 2014

With nearly 90 per cent of EU exports transported by sea, and a significant portion of military operations carried out on water each year, the need to protect and monitor the maritime environment is proving fundamentally important to national security. National priorities used to govern how mechanisms to protect waters were implemented but this was…

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A call for papers on the blue economy

July 11, 2014

Just as ecosystem services are important to land-based environments, there are seemingly endless services provided by the world’s oceans. Filtering out waste, cycling fresh water, harbouring between 0.7-2.2 million species and many more yet to be discovered, providing food, energy and recreation; all of these are economically important. For the Center for the Blue Economy…

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Tapping into a great reserve

July 8, 2014

Europôle Mer began in 2004 so as to connect French ‘Blue Network’ researchers with each other and with industry. Dr Oliver Rouxel is one of the many scientists benefiting from the funding provided by the consortium. His project – Metals in the deep sea – explores the evolution of marine metals throughout Earth’s history and…

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