SAMS, founded in 1884, is one of the UK’s leading marine laboratories. It employs about 150 staff members and students, and is a multidisciplinary research institute and a collaborative centre of the UK NERC. It runs an undergraduate honours degree course in Marine Science and trains PhD students as an academic partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands. SAMS has been a partner in about 70 EU projects and coordinated at least six. SAMS’ Physics and Technology Department employs 18 people and has long-standing interest in monitoring the circulation in the northern North Atlantic. This interest is maintained with i) annual cruises between Scotland and Iceland (the Ellett Line); ii) annual seaglider deployments between Scotland and Iceland iii) a multidisciplinary mooring at Kongsfjord, Svalbard; and iv) supporting Marine Scotland Science with monitoring transport in the Faroe-Shetland Channel (FSC). SAMS has developed an international reputation for long endurance underwater glider missions in the northern North Atlantic, is a partner in the EU GROOM glider infrastructure project; EU NACLIM project and hosts the North Atlantic Glider Base in Oban.
Scottish Marine Institute, Dunbeg, Oban, Argyll, PA37 1QA, United Kingdom