2019 proved to be another big year for the PAP-SO, 30 years since the sediment trap program started.

Here's our year in pictures


Another year passes and another fabulous PAP-SO cruise.

Here are highlights from our 2018 cruise - Happy Christmas from the PAP-SO team.

We wish you all a restful Christmas and look forward to more super science in 2019.

Here are some of our memories of 2017 in picture form – we hope they reflect what a great year 2017 was for new data (phosphate) and extension of our many multi-decadal time series.

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April 2011: PAP Sustained Observatory in the News:

The PAP site is showcased in the Spring 2011 edition of the NERC Planet Earth magazine. Full edition is available online.

The PAP site, showcased in the Spring 2011 edition of the NERC Planet Earth magazine

Ocean expedition June 2010

June 1st 2010 – Scientists and Engineers at the PAP site on board the RRS James Clark Ross

The main aim of the cruise is to visit the Porcupine Abyssal Plain (PAP) ocean time-series and launch the new observatory. This was be the first collaboration at the PAP site between the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the UK Met Office. The observatory consists of a re-designed mooring with a surface platform (buoy).

Take a trip through Europe! Plunge in and discover more about the PAP site as a key site in the EuroSITES network of open ocean observatories:

The PAP site on the EuroSITES network of open ocean observatories

PAP Observatory in the news

NERC Planet Earth online magazine: NERC and UK Met Office join forces for new infrastructure

Earthzine Ocean observation online publication: Global Ocean Observation

NERC Planet Earth online magazine

Listen to interviews and podcasts

BBC Radio 4 Material World and an Ocean Gazing Podcast

For more information and outreach visit the EUROSITES Outreach PAP website →

Listen to interviews and podcasts