Shipwrecks and Sediment (Amelia Astley and Frances Dunn)

Frances started with a talk on understanding the sustainability of delta environments by modelling macro-scale sediment delivery to deltas under future environmental changes. Following on from this, but sticking with the sediment theme, Amy presented on her research around the micro-scale marine processes effecting the reworking of sediment around wreck sites. The case study she presented for us showed minimal changes in the amounts of sediment around shipwreck sites – a conclusion that generated an interesting discussion during the Q&A about the likelihood of this occurring and what it means for this area of research.


Environmental Policy (Tom Redd)

This week, our SMMPG meeting was held at the National Oceanography Centre, which was a lovely change of scenery.

Tom discussed how the use of science in the design and implementation of environmental policy is thought to be essential. This, however, can sometimes lead to controversy, as seen in the setting of catch quotas for fisheries. This talk examined some of the problems involved in generating advice for policymakers including uncertainty, transparency and legitimacy. This is an on-going project that Tom is working on, and it is looking for ways to improve how scientific advice is produced to support marine policies in Europe.


Southampton’s Maritime Trade 1772-1815 (Maria Newbery)

We’d welcomed everyone back after the Easter break with a presentation by History PhD student Maria Newbery.  Not much detail is known about Southampton’s maritime trade in the late eighteenth century. This is mainly due to the fact that the key source material, the town’s Port Books have not survived. Her project, which commenced in October 2013, aims to quantify and analyse the trade using alternative sources, particularly information printed in the weekly newspaper The Hampshire Chronicle.