Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence

Annex 4


  The outline work programme is subdivided into four settings. The "foundation and strategic work" is based primarily on fundamental 3D mapping and modelling and the "processes and applications" represents the value-added 4D and broader multi-disciplinary areas.

SETTINGSFoundation and strategic activities: data collection, and modelling the 3D sedimentological and geological framework Processes and applications activities:

modelling 4D processes and evolution under climatic, oceanographic and anthropogenic drivers

Estuaries and associated alluvium
Survey and model generation of estuaries including the Thames and Clyde, collation of data on other estuaries (including international) Modelling of estuarine morphological and habitat change and anthropogenic and biogeochemical land-sea fluxes (with POL, CEH, SAMS, HEIs)
Open Coast from the back of beach or cliff to wave base Survey and model generation of "hard" and "soft" coasts with contrasting oceanographic climates, collation of data on other open coasts (including international) Monitoring and modelling of erosion rates, changing sediment supply and biotopes across coast profiles (with POL, The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, CEH, HEIs)
Continental Shelf from wave base to shelf break Survey, data collation, and high-resolution model generation of shelf "landscapes" (including international). Physical modelling of shelf Quaternary deposits Evolved modelling of marine habitats (with SAMS, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Northern Ireland, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, UK Hydrographic Office, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, HEIs), Quaternary climatic feedbacks, evaluation of geohazards.
Continental Margins from the shelf break to deep-ocean toe of slope Survey, data collation and model generation of continental margins (including international), such as Hatton Bank and Rockall Modelling the relationship between tectonics and climate, geohazards, shelf-margin biogeochemical stores (including hydrates) and fluxes (with POL, NOCS, HEIs)


  Marine-relevant research is conducted mainly under CEH's programme on Biodiversity and Population Processes, within the Coastal Seas Ecology Group,[63] and is focused on seabird ecology. Some of the research is addressing the question of how seabird populations may be affected by climate change, both directly and through changes in the marine environment such as reduced food supply.[64]

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