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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 already working on at our five global campuses.

Throughout 2018, we’ve been celebrating the Year of the Sea, a calendar of engagement that has included schools, the public, academia, industry collaborators, funders and policy makers. For more information on planned events and activities, visit our Public Engagement webpages.

Heriot-Watt’s research often makes waves, and in 2018 we’ll be focusing on demystifying 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. 

Our biologists, ecologists, engineers, chemists, roboticists and even mathematicians are already hard at work to get to the bottom of the seas’ unknowns. 

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Keep up-to-date with our latest research by adding this page to your bookmarks, follow us on Twitter on @HWU_Seas and look for us across all channels using #yearofsea2018.

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