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Insight
Schools and careers
Insight topics
Tides
Questions answered
Observatory history
Useful links
Local topics





Insight topics
The following topics have been selected to show the diverse range of research that we carry out at the laboratory.

The photograph to the right is MYRTLE2 on the deck of the RRS James Clark Ross. The equipment is tied onto the deck with rope for safety and to stop it being tossed around during the trip to the deployment site (see article below for more information).





Oceanography from space
Satellite technology has completely changed our view of the global oceans. For the first time, it has been possible to make global measurements without waiting for the years it would take a ship to travel the same distance.

The disadvantage is that most satellites can only see the ocean surface, or at most the top hundred metres or so, since electromagnetic radiation from deeper in the water is absorbed before it reaches the surface.

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Will my house be under water in 50 years
We are often asked whether it would be wise to buy a house by the sea in the UK in light of all the publicity about global warming and sea level rise.

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Storm Surge Modelling
POL has developed a 12km grid model of the european shelf which predicts storm surges and subsequent coastal flooding. The model is currently run on the Met Office computer where they add input from meteorological models. The subsequent outputs if predicting flooding are made known to the Environment Agency who issue the offical flood warnings.

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Storm surge animations
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Measuring water pressures in the Southern Ocean
At one second after midnight, January 10th 2001, deep down on the ocean floor, where the pressure is greater than 5000 pounds per square inch, in the darkness there was a momentary flash from an explosive bolt. A buoy from MYRTLE rises back to the surface.

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