Combining Autonomous observations and Models for Predicting and Understanding Shelf seas


An integrated approach combining observing networks and marine ecosystem models to aid ecosystem-based management.


CAMPUS is a three year project (2018–2021), funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, combining state-of-the-art computer modelling with innovative observational systems utilising the latest technologies. Seven partner organisations from across the United Kingdom, led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory, are working together to fulfil two strategic outcomes:

  1. Deliver an improved evidence-base for ecosystem based marine management,
  2. Identify a cost-effective optimised observing network.

This will entail a step change in the current level of interaction between observing and model systems and significantly improved understanding of key spatial and temporal scales of variability and what controls them. Throughout the project CAMPUS will actively engage with stakeholders to ensure any solutions meet their needs.

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CAMPUS Case study front cover

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This interactive pdf provides an overview of the seven case studies of the project and the new capabilities and opportunities that the project has produced.

Front and back cover of the factsheet

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This two-page document gives a short overview of the CAMPUS project and details the goals of the project.