Taking to Lulworth Cove like a duck to water

Our team, hailing from the Natural History Museum (NHM), Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and University of Bristol, recently took a trip to Lulworth Cove, Dorset on a filming and data gathering mission. The aim of the trip was two-part, to build on existing information for our on-going kelp monitoring project and … Continue reading Taking to Lulworth Cove like a duck to water

The effects of past, present and future climate change on the red algae Corallina officinalis within the North Atlantic

In 2016 Amy Jackson conducted a master's research project testing SNP markers to analyse population genetic patterns of Corallina officinalis. Abstract Anthropogenically driven climate change is projected to influence a vast number of species. Of particular concern to oceanic acidification and ocean warming are the red calcifying macroalgae, Corallina officinalis. Due their vulnerability to climate change … Continue reading The effects of past, present and future climate change on the red algae Corallina officinalis within the North Atlantic

Quantifying intertidal macroalgae abundance using aerial photography on the Isle of Wight

In 2015 Thomas Bell conducted a master's research project examining the use of remote sensing data to monitor change in seaweed habitat. Highlights Adapted pre-existing public RGB photographic record for new purpose SVM modelling able to separate different habitat classes using RGB DN values Isle of Wight intertidal macroalgae abundance has increased in the 21st century … Continue reading Quantifying intertidal macroalgae abundance using aerial photography on the Isle of Wight

Developing Spatially Transferable Models of Intertidal Macroalgae Distribution…

In 2015 Rachael Holmes conducted a master's research project examining the use of remote sensing data to monitor change in seaweed habitat. Abstract Remote sensing has high potential for the provision of information about the abundance and distribution of intertidal macroalgae species. Remote sensing can inform biodiversity conservation activities such as those outlined in the European … Continue reading Developing Spatially Transferable Models of Intertidal Macroalgae Distribution…

Developing a tool for the monitoring of seaweed habitat change: Thanet coast a case study

In 2014 Lauren Ash conducted a master's research project examining the use of remote sensing data to monitor change in seaweed habitat. Abstract Large brown seaweeds are essential components of marine ecosystems and economically important. With rising temperatures and ocean acidification, seaweed habitat communities are at risk. Seaweed habitats are greatly understudied, possibly due to … Continue reading Developing a tool for the monitoring of seaweed habitat change: Thanet coast a case study

Methods applied to UK kelp monitoring and implications for wild harvesting

The executive summary from a report for the Crown Estate reviewing methods of monitoring Kelp abundance. Executive Summary Kelp forests are an important feature of the British coastline, covering approximately 19,000 km2. Levels of biodiversity living in this habitat-forming biomass rival that of tropical rainforests. Kelp also has commercial uses in pharmaceuticals, food, and fertiliser, amongst … Continue reading Methods applied to UK kelp monitoring and implications for wild harvesting

Determining the causes of changes in abundance of the large brown seaweeds of Britain

The executive summary from a report for the Crown Estate detailing the results of a project to examine drivers of change in seaweed abundance around the UK. Executive Summary There have been an increasing number of reports of changes in abundance of large brown kelp and wrack seaweed species around the British Isles in the last decade, … Continue reading Determining the causes of changes in abundance of the large brown seaweeds of Britain

Using aerial images to quantify the extent of coastal seaweed habitats

The executive summary from a report for the Crown Estate detailing the results of a project to examine the use of aerial images to assess the extent of seaweed habitats. Executive Summary Large brown habitat-forming seaweeds, including fucoids and kelps, are highly productive, essential components of marine ecosystems and create conditions for diverse understory communities of flora … Continue reading Using aerial images to quantify the extent of coastal seaweed habitats

Seaweed survey of the Outer Hebrides

The executive summary from a report for the Crown Estate detailing the results of a survey of the Outer Hebrides conducted in July/Augst 2012 by Juliet Brodie and Jo Wilbraham. Executive Summary A shore survey of the red (Rhodophyta), brown (Phaeophyceae) and green (Chlorophyta) seaweeds undertaken between the 30th July and 7th August 2012 at 19 … Continue reading Seaweed survey of the Outer Hebrides

Review of evidence for the loss of large brown macroalgae

The executive summary from a report for the Crown Estate detailing the evidence for declines in large brown macroalgae. Executive Summary A literature review was undertaken of the changes that have been reported in the distribution of fifteen large brown macroalgal species that characterise temperate rocky shores and the shallow subtidal in the marine environment in … Continue reading Review of evidence for the loss of large brown macroalgae