Areas of assistance

Expertise for your business, from coastal habitats to offshore areas.

Fields of interest include:

  • Coastal Surveys
  • Off-shore Environments
  • Conservation Issues

Coastal Surveys

Coastal Surveys

The coastal zone is a dynamic environment that is subjected to human influence, whether from coastal developments or efforts to moderate coastal erosion. Inshore habitats and ecosystems change in response to these activities, and animal and plant communities are altered. The biodiversity increases or decreases and the sediment composition changes.

Types of Question: How do coastal developments or activities impact on the biodiversity of coastal habitats? How does sediment composition change in response to coastal activities?

Potential projects areas: Invertebrate and sediment analyses| Ecological survey design| Coastal ecosystem Information | Intertidal benthos sampling | Benthic habitat mapping| Ecosystem health studies

Conservation Issues

Conservation Issues

The protection of marine environments is challenging for all coastal interest groups. Invasive species, habitat loss and destructive resource extraction can devastate areas and wildlife. Developing an integrated and coherent network of Marine Protected Areas in conjunction with national and international commitments is a burning issue for the Welsh Assembly Government and provides opportunities for coastal businesses.

Types of Question: How are Welsh businesses affected by current conservation policies?

Potential project areas: Conservation workshops | Biodiversity surveys | Eco-tourism| Management strategies | Identification guides| Devising strategies for ethical catch and release angling

Off-shore Environments

Off-shore Environments

Off-shore habitats are increasingly impacted by structural developments and resource extraction. At the same time climate change and natural environmental changes affect individual species living in the open water or on the sea floor and alter the marine environment.

Types of Question: How will epibenthic species, i.e. species that live on the sea floor, respond to the habitat structures provided by offshore constructions? How will open water species respond to underwater construction work? How do new permanent structures affect habitat quality for marine vertebrates?

Potential project areas: Subtidal benthic surveys| Behavioural studies of open water species with remote data logging technology| Offshore biodiversity mapping| Offshore survey equipment development and testing.