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.

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.

AQASS co-author on accepted academic paper

Published: April 2020
AQASS is pleased to continue its academic and research focus as well as providing high level guidance to industry, governing bodies etc. on matters aquatic. Dr Simon Bray of AQASS is one of the authors on a paper led by Professor Steve Hawkins and Dr Kathryn O’Shaughnessy considering the long term recovery of the Mersey following de-industrialisation of the former dock basins. The paper has been accepted for publication in the Marine Pollution Bulletin.