Research Highlights

The AMT provides a platform for scientists to capture and analyse data related to a range of oceanographic science areas. Over 220 scientists have participated in AMT cruises and many more have worked with the data which is accessible through the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC).


The data has produced over 220 scientific papers (a list of which can be found on the publications page), the long-term nature of the data collected is useful in analysing trends over a wide time period which can help with forecasting future outcomes.


Below are examples of how AMT data has assisted various scientists and their research:


Gavin Tilstone

Dr Gavin Tilstone

Carbon Cycle


Using satellite ocean colour chlorophyll-a and radiance data, we have developed accurate satellite maps of Primary Production, which provide spatially and temporally resolved global and regional estimates of Primary Production. [more...]

Giorgio Dall'Olmo

Dr Giorgio Dall'Olmo

Carbon Cycle - Remote Sensing and Bio-Optics


My research focuses on improving our understanding of the ocean carbon cycle. Observations are key to this understanding and, yet, very scarce in the ocean.  One of the thrusts of my work is thus to devise methods to constrain ocean carbon cycle variables and rates by exploiting optical observations. [more...]

Katja and Erica

Dr Katja Peijnenburg & Prof Erica Goetze

High evolutionary potential of marine zooplankton


We are interested in evolution in the open ocean, particularly of marine holozooplankton (the animals that spend their entire life cycle in the open water column). We joined forces on AMT22 and collected lots of zooplankton samples and images. [more...]

Vassilis Katidis

Dr Vassilis Kitidis

Carbonate System Chemistry


My work invloves the carbonate system chemistry along the AMT transect, it aims to quantify the effect of excess CO2 in the oceans and the implications that this could bring to ocean life. [more...]

Bob Brewin

Dr Bob Brewin

High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) & Bio-Optical data


AMT data has helped myself and co-authors develop a conceptual model which describes how phytoplankton size structure changes as the total chlorophyll concentration changes in the Atlantic ocean [more...]

Victor Martinez-Vicente

Dr Victor Martinez-Vicente

Bio-optical data & Ocean colour


My role in AMT is the maintenance and exploitation of bio-optical data to understand the causes of colour in the ocean. The ocean colour “seen” from a satellite is related to the light absorbed and scattered by substances in the water. I focus my research on the (small) fraction of the light that is scattered in the backward direction [more...]

Jo Dixon

Dr Jo Dixon

Microbial Ecology


We have only just begun to understand methanol biogeochemistry and its significance in marine microbial carbon cycling in the oceans. AMT data has helped analyse the uptake in microbial methanol within the Atlantic Ocean gyres. [more...]

Carole Llewellyn

Dr Carole Llewellyn

Microbial Biogeochemistry


The composition and abundance of mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs) were investigated in the surface waters along a 13,000-km meridional transect (52°N to 45°S) in the Atlantic Ocean during the 18th AMT cruise (2008). MAAs were ubiquitous along the transect, although their composition was variable. [more...]

Erica GoetzeEmily Norton

Prof Erica Goetze &
Emily Norton

Zooplankton Molecular Ecology


Because there are few obvious dispersal barriers in the open ocean, pelagic organisms are typically expected to experience gene flow over long distances. However, very little empirical work has been done to understand gene flow in pelagic holoplankton on a global scale.  [more...]