"Our planet is a blue planet. Over seventy percent of it is covered by the sea. The Pacific Ocean alone covers half the globe. You can fly across it non-stop for twelve hours and still see nothing more than a speck of land."

— David Attenborough, BBC Blue Planet series 1

To coincide with Blue Planet II, we have collated some of our latest research into the world’s oceans and coasts for you to explore.

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Our blue planet research

We are a leading centre for research into environmental issues of global importance. Here is just a selection of our marine research.

Antarctic fur seal in the Antarctic

Microplastic pollution in Antarctica

It’s remote and inhospitable but even Antarctica is being blighted by microplastics – tiny plastic particles commonly found in products such as toothpaste, shampoo and clothing.

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Shore Crab with eggs and larvae

Ocean acidification

Increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are making our seas more acidic, making it harder for creatures to smell out danger.

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Sullied Sediments

Sullied Sediments

Chemicals found in personal care products and pharmaceuticals are accumulating in our rivers and estuaries and altering the gender of wildlife and their ability to reproduce.

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Coastal researchers

Capturing Our Coast

People power became a vital tool in recording marine life thanks to a national project involving the University of Hull.

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Krill and carbon cycling

Why declining krill numbers may have significant implications for global warming.

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Study the blue planet at Hull

Inspired by the BBC’s Blue Planet II and want to dive in deeper?

Our BSc (Hons) Coastal Marine Biology degree scored 100% for student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey.  Or you could take the plunge and study our new Environmental Science degree, which starts in September 2018.

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology BSc (Hons) Environmental Science

Postgraduate study

Gain an in-depth understanding of the causes and impacts of environmental change, and the skills and tools to monitor and manage them.

MSc in Environmental Change, Management and monitoring

We have three funded PhD opportunities available to investigate ocean acidification issues around the cause-and-effect between aquatic environmental change and organismal stress response. 

PhDs - Molecular Stress in Changing Aquatic Environments


Our blue planet experts

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