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SMRF interactive workshop

This Sheffield Marine Research Forum event will be an interactive workshop centered around the following three questions:

1) Who are the end-users of my research and how do(have) they benefit(ed) from it?

2) What other disciplines/expertise would help to advance my research and how?

3) What are the biggest science/policy challenges in the marine environment in the next 10 years?

The aims are to:

– identify and take advantage of internal links to enhance collaborative research, interdisciplinary research funding and attract new people
eg., H2020 Blue Growth, interdisciplinary Fellowships, Studentships, Shine, etc.

– identify the scope and breadth of impact and end-users of our research
eg., to build new industry-policy links, which will immediately feed into invitations to outgoing/incoming visitors, a SMRF “by the sea away day”, website and a workshop in September (funded activities from accelerator grant)

– build the research/impact capacity to address major challenges in marine environmental research at Sheffield over the next 10 years
eg., Futures 2022 , long term Blue Growth strategy

Thu 27 Feb 2014 15:00 – 17:00
Alfred Denny Building Room D219 (Animal & Plant Sciences Common Room)

Academics track Manhattan-sized iceberg to prevent maritime hazard

Professor Grant Bigg has been awarded a £50,000 grant from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for a 6 month project to track the movements and melting of a giant iceberg.

The Iceberg is the size of Singapore in area and is derived from the Pine Island Glacier and is currently moving through the Southern Ocean.

The research collected by tracking its movement, and modelling its trajectory and melting, through the ocean will be used by the shipping industry and associated agencies currently using the Southern Ocean in providing more accurate ice warnings.

“Each of the last three years has seen a giant iceberg calve, from either Greenland or Antarctica. Being able to track and forecast the tracks of these huge blocks of ice will be a major benefit to the shipping industry, particularly as more ships begin to use polar waters, as Arctic sea-ice melts. This ability is what we aim to develop.” Professor Grant Bigg.

Professor Grant Bigg is a leading researcher in Icebergs and their role in the ocean’s freshwater flux and the interactions between climate change and society. He is working with Dr. Bob Marsh, an ocean modeller at the University of Southampton, on this project.

The NERC are the UK’s main agency for funding and managing research, training and knowledge exchange in the environmental sciences. Their work covers the full range of atmospheric, Earth, biological, terrestrial and aquatic science, from the deep oceans to the upper atmosphere and from the poles to the equator.