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At any time we welcome new participants, either as contributing and adding to the current system (Partner), or those wishing to conduct process studies (Stakeholder/User) whilst using the background data and/or using ship time.

Partners have a long term approach and a deeper involvement.

This is the current list of parters involved
  • National Oceanography Centre (Liverpool & Southampton)
  •     Eastern Irish sea moorings
        Liverpool Bay surveys (every 4-6weeks)
        Ocean and Shelf Sea model forecasts
        Irish and Celtic Sea Glider AUV surveys

  • British Oceanographic Data Centre
  •     Data banking
        Processing of CTD and underway survey data

  • Met Office
  •     Atmospheric, Ocean and Shelf Sea model forecasts and data

  • Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)
  •     Smartbuoy and WaveNet network

  • Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH)
  •     Daily averaged, quality controlled river flow data and freshwater predictions
         from their Grid-to-grid hydrological model.

  • Environment Agency, England
  •     Near-real time river data inputs into the Irish Sea

  • Environment Agency, Wales
  •     Near-real time river data inputs into the Irish Sea and Celtic Sea

  • School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University
  •     Suspended sediment analysis

  • University of Liverpool
  •     Nutrient analysis
        Twice yearly benthic surveys at mooring sites in Liverpool Bay
        Sediment grab analysis from samples taken on surveys

  • University of Sheffield
  •     HF Radar analysis and software development

  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
  •     Carbon-OPS programme (pCO2)

  • Marine Science Government Laboratory (Isle of Man Government)
  •     Port Erin data, collection and analyis of water samples
        Maintenance of near-shore CTD equipment

  • Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI)
  •     Western Irish Sea moorings

  • NERC Earth Observation Data Acquisation and Analysis Service (NEODAAS) hosted by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (Remote Sensing Group) & University of Dundee (Dundee Satellite Receiving Station)
  •     Satellite images and data

  • Mersey Docks and Harbour Company (MDHC)
  •     Tide gauge network within the Port of Liverpool

  • Cell 11 Regional Monitoring Strategy
  •     Near shore moorings (Sefton coast line)

If you wish to become a partner or conduct a process study please contact either Matthew Palmer or Phil Knight.

National Oceanography Centre
Joseph Proudman Building
6, Brownlow Street
University of Liverpool Campus
L3 5DA

Tel: 0151 795 4800
Fax: 0151 795 4801

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