Marine research is vital to the understanding and management of both the natural and human environment. The Solent is fortunate to have a number of higher education institutes and research related consultancies located around its shores. Details of these can be found in the Forum's research pages. Research organisations not only supply knowledge about the Solent, but boost the local economy by providing jobs and income generation from students. They also support other local industries by providing them with technical expertise.
The Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC) is a recently formed committee with members drawn from the key marine science funding Government departments, the Devolved Administrations and public marine science providers in the UK. Defra and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton are hosting the committee secretariat. The first task of the MSCC will be to develop a UK Marine Science Strategy which will be produced by the end of 2009.
The three Solent highter education institutes are:
The National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (formerly Southampton Oceanography Centre), is a collaborative Centre owned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the University of Southampton. NOCS is based at a purpose-built waterside campus in Southampton, and is home to some 520 research scientists, lecturing support and sea-going staff as well over 700 undergraduate and postgraduate students.
NOCS is one of the world's leading institutions devoted to research, teaching and technology development in ocean and earth science. Its research groups include:
Southampton Solent University is one of the UK's newest universities. It links together student learning, applied research and service to business and the community. The Maritime and Environment department offers courses in environmental and marine studies, port and shipping management and yacht and boat design.
Its Warsash Maritime Academy has provided first class training, consultancy and research to the international shipping and offshore oil industries for over sixty years. The Academy provides certification programmes from cadetships to Class 1 for both deck and engineer officers, short courses to develop skills such as fire fighting and sea survival, and continuing professional development modules for more experienced officers.
The University of Portsmouth was inaugurated in 1992. The former Portsmouth Polytechnic, one of the largest and most successful in the UK, itself grew from the Portsmouth and Gosport School of Science and Arts, founded in 1869.
The Environment Research Group in the Department of Geography encompasses a range of research interests and expertise and is undertaking research on various components of the environment including the atmosphere, rocks, soil, land, fresh water, sea water, rivers and coasts.