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Decoding the oceansDecoding the oceans

Marine genomics has the power to reveal the many undiscovered secrets of the oceans.

February 2014
Acoustic waves warn of tsunamiAcoustic waves warn of tsunami

An early warning system against tsunamis has been developed and tailored for the need of the Mediterranean, but preparedness on the ground is paramount to ensuring peoples’ safety.

August 2013
Christoph Heinze: peering through the global carbon cycleChristoph Heinze: peering through the global carbon cycle

The oceans are one of the sink absorbing carbon dioxide derived from human activity. Yet fully quantifying the ocean’s carbon uptake under a changing climate remains challenging. 

August 2013
Bernard Kloareg: unlocking marine genomics’ potentialsBernard Kloareg: unlocking marine genomics’ potentials

Marine genomics needs to raise its profile to ensure that relevant researchers and industries make the most of the amazing resources found in our oceans

June 2013
Metagenomics: hunting for new genes by sequencing seas samplesMetagenomics: hunting for new genes by sequencing seas samples

Mass DNA sequencing has led to a better knowledge of marine micro-organisms in their environment and helps to discover new genes of interests. However, it is only part of the answer for biotech applications. 

June 2013
Climate proof sea defences with a green twistClimate proof sea defences with a green twist

Sturdier protection is vital to defend coastal areas from the expected sea level rise associated with global warming. But nature’s protection also needs to be part of the equation.

June 2013
Tim O’Higgins: a new way forward for Europe’s regional seasTim O’Higgins: a new way forward for Europe’s regional seas

As policy for European seas moves towards an ecosystem approach in an effort to achieve environmental sustainability, there is resistance to this shift 

May 2013
On the heels of eelsOn the heels of eels

By using big brother style tracking technology, scientists have now resolved some of the mysteries of eel migration

January 2013
Jean-Pierre Gattuso : “To face the negative effects of ocean acidification a large-scale solution is inevitable”Jean-Pierre Gattuso : “To face the negative effects of ocean acidification a large-scale solution is inevitable”

Today carbon dioxide is increasing in the atmosphere faster than land and oceans can absorb it. As a consequence the average acidity of the oceans has increased

December 2011
Gasping for oxygenGasping for oxygen

How continuous monitoring of coastal ecosystems, such as the Black Sea, could help understand oxygen depletion affecting fish populations and better manage fisheries

December 2012
Mopping up oil spillsMopping up oil spills

Human hair, wool and corn cobs have been used to mop up oil spills. Now waste paper joins the list, thanks to a new project

October 2012
Dr Hans Cozijn: “Tests on the DIFIS solution proved successful also in deep water and severe storm conditions”Dr Hans Cozijn: “Tests on the DIFIS solution proved successful also in deep water and severe storm conditions”

The DIFIS structure was then tested in extreme storm conditions simulating waves twelve meters high. Below the water, the buffer bell and the dome hardly moved. The installation of the whole structure remains the real challenge 

August 2010
Dr Fivos Andritsos: “No need to wait for the next disastrous shipwreck to test a new remarkable solution”Dr Fivos Andritsos: “No need to wait for the next disastrous shipwreck to test a new remarkable solution”

Dr Fivos Andritsos of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has come up with an innovative solution to deal with oil spills that could be adapted not only to shipwrecks but also to oil-well blowouts

August 2010
Oil Spills: A Deep Water SolutionOil Spills: A Deep Water Solution

The current oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico shows again how dangerous oil exploitation and oil transport can be: no reliable system exists to capture the oil at its source before it reaches the surface. But scientists recently came up with a remarkable solution which is easy to apply and effective - no matter if the oil spill origins from an open well or a sunken tanker

July 2010
London below Sea LevelLondon below Sea Level

London planners should prepare for the possibility that the sea level rise will be up to 94 centimetres by the end of this century. But policymakers must be on their marks and keep a watchful eye on the polar ice sheets melt rate, which might further raise the sea level up to 2 metres

November 2006
“On top of the sea level rise, London is sinking already”“On top of the sea level rise, London is sinking already”

Sea level rise projections for London span between a 55 cm and one metre and a half by the year 2100

May 2009