Cefas is a world leader in marine research. Our oceanography and biogeochemistry research is focused on understanding how the underlying physics, chemistry and biology of marine environments work and how they affect ecosystems. This involves studying the cycles of heat, freshwater, carbon, nutrients, light and oxygen that drive our marine ecosystems.
Our expert teams of scientists have strong links to academia and frequently lead the way in new research areas. This type of research requires a broad range of high quality equipment. Cefas has a comprehensive equipment pool, including:
Cefas’ customers include government departments, Research Councils, energy providers and academic departments. We work with them to identify the questions they need answers to, or the specific applications of science, research or technology that they require. This includes translating scientific data into real world policy implications for the UK government, as well as designing and implementing novel research programmes for commercial customers.
Our oceanography and biogeochemistry research has always been integrated with our hydrodynamic and ecosystem modelling work. This enables the flow of information from research programme design, through observation campaigns to model validation and use. In this way we combine in situ knowledge with modelling capability.
Our capability in metocean monitoring is a key part of our oceanographic and biogeochemical capability. We design observational campaigns that can monitor at the scale of key points in the global ocean circulation or of nutrient flow and temperature variability in estuaries.
Oceanographic data has been collected over more than 100 years by Cefas and our role as a data centre and capability to provide data analysis enable us to include the wealth of both historical information and modern big-data into bespoke advice.