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iSTAR wraps on the ice!

iSTAR - NERC Ice Sheet Stability Programme - Published on January 30, 2015 by Paul Seagrove

The ambitious iSTAR science programme, which is studying the retreat of Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica, has successfully completed the field work component of its six year, £7.4 million, mission. During the past two field seasons scientists and support teams crossed the glacier on tractors and skidoos, covering more than 2400 kilometres and working at different ...more

It's not just oysters that produce pearls!

CACHE ITN - Published on March 26, 2015 by nina

Pearls from mussels! CACHE PhD student Teja Yarra discovers that it's not just oysters that produce pearls.... 'Like most people, I have always associated pearls with oysters. However, when I started this project, I found out that large quantities of pearls are cultured using freshwater mussels. In fact, any shell forming mollusc can produce a pearl. When ...more

Dr Sam Dupont at National Shellfisheries Association annual meeting

CACHE ITN - Published on March 24, 2015 by nina

  CACHE scientist Dr Sam Dupont, from the University of Gothenburg, presented a paper on ocean acidification at the National Shellfisheries Association 107th Annual Meeting in Monteray Bay, California (22-26 March 2015). His presentation, 'A taste of ocean acidification', can be viewed here. More information about the event can be found ...more

Early career support - applications open

IGS 2015 - Published on February 4, 2015 by Elaina Ford

The process for applications for support for early career scientists are available at here. Please send in your application by the 19th ...more

Experienced Researcher (ER3) fellowship available

CACHE ITN - Published on March 23, 2015 by nina

Funding is available for an experienced researcher for 24 months duration. Project title: Developing the field of mollusc shell production as a model for Biomimicry (WP6) Job summary: - The aim of the CACHE network (www.cache-itn.eu) is to understand shell production in four commercial bivalve species using a co-ordinated multidisciplinary approach. This project is funded by the ...more

Experienced Researcher fellowship available - (ER4)

CACHE ITN - Published on March 23, 2015 by nina

Funding is available for an experienced researcher for 24 months duration. Project title: Biomimetic valorization of mollusc shell as a by-product (WP6) Job summary: - The aim of the CACHE network (www.cache-itn.eu) is to understand shell production in four commercial bivalve species using a co-ordinated multidisciplinary approach. This project is funded by the EU FP7 Marie Curie ...more

Antarctic Fieldwork Support

Polar Geomatics - Published on March 20, 2015 by Louise

We regularly provide geospatial support to scientists who are heading out into the deep field in Antarctica. Recently, we’ve helped one particular research team plan their trip into the field, scheduled for the end of this year. Funded by NERC, Dr Joanne Johnson is leading an international team aiming to deliver a high-resolution record of past changes in ...more

New QGIS plugin for Oceancolor Data

Polar Geomatics - Published on March 20, 2015 by Louise

We have released a new plugin for QGIS which allows easy download of oceancolor and sea surface temperature data from NASA Oceancolor. It downloads either global level 3 mapped chlorophyll-a concentrations or sea surface temperatures within a defined time range, and resolution. The data is saved in GeoTiff format and can be added to the QGIS canvas once downloaded. ...more

Announcement of Opportunity: The Changing Arctic Ocean scoping group

NERC Arctic Office - Published on March 18, 2015 by Nicola Munro

NERC invites applications to join a scoping group that will develop the science case for a potential strategic research programme on ‘The Changing Arctic Ocean – Implications for marine biology and biogeochemistry’. Please visit http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/funded/news/ao-ocean/ for further information. Closing date for applications: Monday 30 ...more

The CACHE mascots - their adventures begin!

CACHE ITN - Published on March 9, 2015 by nina

Two classy clams share their experiences as project ambassadors - part-one: ‘Hi. We’re Clarence and Clemmie - two classy clams! A little about ourselves. Well, after bursting onto the celebrity shellfish scene, we’ve had a ball on the red carpet and appeared in numerous photo-shoots for Shello! magazine. But after all the glitz and glamour of celebrity ...more