Quantifying the spatial and temporal variability of phytoplankton productivity from mobile autonomous platforms

Lead Research Organisation: University of the Highlands and Islands
Department Name: Scottish Assoc for Marine Science UHI


This project will focus on the factors governing the initiation and distribution of phytoplankton blooms, which have received recent attention (e.g. Behrenfield (2010), Mahadevan et al (2012)). The 40 year history of the Extended Ellett Line programme has shown that ships and gliders can measure the variability of large-scale physical properties in the open ocean. The next step is to relate this physical variability to biogeochemical indicators.
The student will use gliders equipped with biogeochemical sensors to collect oceanographic data and interpret the combined physical/biogeochemical observations.
This project will build on the technical expertise gained through a 2015 exploratory study (conducted by SAMS and AFBI) combining measurements from a glider and a ship to investigate the spatial and temporal evolution of a shelf based phytoplankton bloom.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
NE/N012070/1 30/09/2016 30/03/2025
1814521 Studentship NE/N012070/1 30/09/2016 30/05/2021 Jason Salt
Title Extended Ellett Line Seagliders missions structure 
Description 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015 & 2017 Extended Ellett Line (EEL) Seaglider missions combined into one data structure, with data processed & calibrated into a usable and comparable format. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Quick and easy access to the processed data of the EEL glider missions physics and biogeochemistry data after conversion from raw data and calibration.