Over 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, a mass that is critical to sustaining life on the planet. But we have much to learn about the depths of our oceans, seas, estuaries and even our rivers. 

How can we get more sustainable energy from the sea? What do changes in sea temperature, acidity and composition mean for creatures in the depths and on shore? Can we safely garner precious resources from the ocean floor? How do we curb the amount of microplastics in our water? Could jellyfish carcasses feed Scotland’s fish farms? 

These are just some of the issues that our researchers are already working on at our five global campuses.

In 2018, we’re celebrating the Year of the Sea, a calendar of engagement that will span schools, the public, academia, industry collaborators, funders and policy makers.