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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 working on at our five global campuses.

Throughout 2018, we celebrated the Year of the Sea with a calendar of events for schools, the public, academia, industry collaborators, funders and policy makers. We engaged with over 1500 pupils and 19,000 people at 41 events, reaching an audience of more than 50 million with news about our pioneereing research.

Heriot-Watt's research makes waves, and news, and in 2018 we focused on the depths of the oceans, finding ways to get more energy from the sea, examining the smallest sea creatures to the largest ocean systems, and engineering new ways to work with our seas, oceans and rivers.

Catch up on the Year of the Sea 2018 research news.

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