News & Views

Latest news and articles written or commented on by AQASS staff members are posted on this page. Insights into project or research work, or lessons learnt will be posted. The latest articles are listed at the top of the page.

Paper published on recovery of an urbanised estuary

Published: August 2020
MPB CoverWhilst we are a commercial organisation, we aim to back up work with a research background. A paper published in the latest Marine Pollution Bulletin was co-authored by AQASS co-director Dr Simon Bray. The paper, led by Professor Steve Hawkins and Dr Kathryn O’Shaughnessy entitled Recovery of an urbanised estuary: Clean-up, de-industrialisation and restoration of redundant dock-basins in the Mersey puts the degradation and recovery of the Mersey from peak-pollution in the mid-20th century in the context of wider environmental change and briefly compares it to other systems to develop a model of degradation and recovery, often to novel ecosystems.
We would also like to note that our friend and colleageue Dr William J Langston of the Marine Biological Association, was a co-author of this paper who sadly passed away in July 2020.


Recent graduate Nick Hand joins AQASS for two month internship

Published: July 2020
DashboardWe are pleased to welcome recent University of Plymouth graduate Nicholas Hand for a two-month internship working on our Esri Startup Partner backed R&D project researching GIS system management for shipping and pollution environmental risk.


Initial processing of saltmarsh drone survey completed

Published: July 2020
Point cloud exerpt from saltmarshAt the end of June 2020, AQASS and SAND Geophysics did the first test drone flight for the saltmarsh rehabilitation research project partly funded through the Solent Forum. The initial photogrammetry processing of the survey data has now been completed. Further work on processing techniques and spatial analysis options will be explored and we look forward to working with Carcinus Ltd to compare drone platform abilities.


Review of potential remote sensing sources and methods for broad habitat mapping

Published: May 2020
AQASS undertook a review of the potential methods and sources of satellite and other remote sensing data available to undertake broad habitat mapping for a marine and terrestrial interface project in the Middle East. The work will lead to assisting future planning and management of natural habitats in this region.


GIS support for major off-shore windfarm

Published: April 2020
AQASS starts work on supporting the spatial analysis and GIS for a major offshore wind farm, including the cable route and turbine base locations. Obstructions and restrictions to the proposed route are mapped and deliverables are provided in packaged GIS documents.


Success with grant proposal

Published: April 2020
SaltmarshAQASS has been successful in bidding for a small grant from the Solent Forum for a project in which we will investigate the efficacy of passive sediment retention for a small scale saltmarsh restoration study. The plan is to undertake aerial surveys to apply time series photogrammetry analysis of morphological change as sediment begins to accrete behind partially permeable barriers and to assess vegetation growth of pioneer marsh species using infra-red sensing and ground truthing approaches. During the coronavirus lock-down, it will not be appropriate to undertake field work, thus whilst AQASS has been notified of the grant success in April 2020, field work will not be undertaken until 2021. We would like to thank the Solent Forum for their backing and interest, and for their flexibility in regard to the current restrictions.


Fibre Reinforced Plastic Vessels Disposal

Published: April 2020
Abandoned FRP BoatThe report undertaken by AQASS for the International Maritime Organisation in 2019 on-end-of life FRP (fibre reinforced plastic) boats is still being used as a quoted resource by organisations hoping to highlight the issue from the campaigning and commercial sides. This month Luke Edney of Boatbreakers Ltd produced a hard hitting and well considered short article for the April 2020 edition of All at Sea on the issue (page 32) highlighting the growing awareness and difficulties of managing end-of-life boats.