Coastal Observation Lab in a Box

Coastal Observation Lab in a Box

Coastal Observation Lab in a Box 430 283 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

University of Edinburgh – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK)

Coastal Observation Lab in a Box (COLaB) will address the critical lack of quality oceanographic data that exists for many coastal ocean regions, most often due to lack of resource in island and rim nations.

A key feature will be affordable new instruments for determination of a wide range of biological, physical and biogeochemical parameters. Notably, these can be used to address diverse scientific questions, in settings ranging from nearshore wetlands to the shelf edge, all without need of a formal research vessel or laboratory. Protocols for all methods, combined with in-person training, at regional training camps and as part of the Coast Predict programme, will serve to train up multiskilled, hands-on oceanographers. Modelling tools and an easy-access data management package will help to maximise the value of the standardised observations, both to local end users (food security, ecosystem function and health, hazard resilience etc) and to the global scientific community.

This project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme CoastPredict – Observing and Predicting the Global Coastal Ocean. 

Start Date: 01/01/2024
End Date: 31/12/2031

Lead Contact: Greg Cowie (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 7- Ocean Observations, 9- Capacity Development
ocean_basins: All Ocean Basins, Bay of Bengal, Caribbean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea
type_of_action: Project


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