The Department of Oceanography
The Department of Oceanography runs a variety of programmes which include:-
Determination of the chemical and physical structure of our seas; Sea-atmospheric interactions and their effects on the climate system; Studies on the concentration, distribution and affects on water quality of substances transported via the atmosphere and sediments; Interaction of chemical / biological / physical processes; The relationship between the climate and carbon cycle; Genetic biodiversity , species diversity and ecosystem processes; How gas cycles interact with atmospheric and marine particles; How atmospheric nutrient inputs can affect marine production and determination of how these processes affect climate; Research on ocean-ice-atmosphere interactions with the Antarctic and Arctic ecosystems.
The Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics
The Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics carries out research to:-
Determine the characteristics of the sea floor and metres below the sea floor (‘mbsf’),
Determine the morphological structure, nature, thickness and geochemical structure and distribution of the rocks and sediments forming the seafloor and ‘mbsf’ by various methods and tools.
The Department of Marine Biology and Fisheries
The Department of Marine Biology and Fisheries carries out research in many fields such as:-
Studies on living organisms in the marine environment and general systematics, Interactions between species and with their surroundings, Ecological factors and their effects on marine organisms, Relationships between feeding and nutrition and Studies of marine fauna and ecology of organisms living in marine flora. Specifically there are many studies in the following topic areas - heterotrophic bacteria, cyanobacteria, phytoplankton, phytopigment, zooplankton, sea meadows, benthic organisms, fisheries biology and population dynamics, acoustics, marine conservation areas and marine mammals.