News

30 March 2020
A new paper utilising BOSCORF sediment cores was used to confirm the presence of gas hydrates in pockmark CNE03 from the Nyegga pockmark field, Nordic Seas. The paper, led by Dr Eric Attias (Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology), was co-authored by BOSCORF Deputy Curator, Dr Millie Watts who completed the analysis and interpretation of the sediment cores. The novel approach of this paper combined near surface observations of a sediment core that had contained hydrate on collection...
4 September 2019
Microplastics are a current hot topic, yet we know little about them in terms of the processes influencing their fate. In particular, estuaries are sites which receive large inputs of microplastics (via rivers), and yet little is known on what happens to this plastic inside the estuary (although it is generally assumed to be exported to the oceans). My research focuses on understanding the fate and transport of microplastics in estuaries, through a combination of field and laboratory work...
28 August 2019
Following the well-received tweet this week promoting the available marine sediment cores, the BOSCORF team thought a summary of how to access the collection would be appreciated. BOSCORF curates the UK’s deep-sea sediment core collection, any sediment core collected as part of a UKRI funded research, or cores collected aboard a UKRI research vessel, are housed in our specialist facility in Southampton. The facility and collection are available to all researchers, from first year PhD...
21 August 2019
The Weddell Sea project is focused on investigating the stability or otherwise of the Larsen-C Ice Shelf (eastern Antarctic Peninsula) on the timescale of decades to centuries to millennia. Ice shelves are floating tongues of ice that extend seaward from grounded Antarctic glaciers and ice sheets on land. They are dynamically part of the Antarctic Ice Sheet and make up about 75% of Antarctica’s coastline and cover about 12% of the total area of Antarctica (1.5 M km2). Ice-shelf change can be...
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