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The RRS James Clark Ross / image by Brian Burnell

PML Applications wins Attenborough opportunity

12 January 2018

‚ÄčAs Sir Attenborough rounded off Blue Planet II with an episode on the threats to the oceans, PML Applications won a timely contract to provide upgraded, state-of-the-art technology to the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

The research vessel, originally made famous by an internet poll to name it and currently under construction by the British Antarctic Survey, will host PML Applications’ PML Live pCO2 system alongside the infamous sub, Boaty McBoatFace.

Global monitoring of CO2 levels is of vital importance for understanding how climate impacts on the marine environment, making future climate predictions and calculating carbon budgets. The PML Live pCO2 system is one of the most sensitive out there, allowing data to be streamed in real-time via satellite communications or live internet feeds, and automatically added to a database at PML and the British Oceanic Data Centre. An older version of the system is already in place on various research vessels, including the Plymouth Quest and RRS James Clark Ross, but once installed the latest upgrade will allow greater compatibility with Windows 10 alongside improved sensors and pressure monitoring.

The system improvement and installation aboard the RRS Sir David Attenborough will enable PML to maintain its position at the forefront of pCO2 data collection and monitoring, contributing to PML’s ongoing research, and future funding and proposed projects.

“This is great news as it shows how PML Applications and PML can work together for mutual benefit,” said Tim Fileman, of PML Applications. “This system not only brings in funds, but the upgrades will improve what is already high quality data and facilitate further research for PML.”