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AMT Atlantic Meridional Transect

AUV Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

BAS British Antarctic Survey

BGS British Geological Survey

BIS Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

BODC British Oceanographic Data Centre

BOSCORF British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility

CAROS Co-operative Arrangement for Research on Ocean Science

CLIVAR Climate Variability and Predictability

COAPEC Coupled Ocean-atmosphere processes and European Climate

CTD Conductivity, Temperature and Depth instrument package

DARDNI Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland

DEFRA Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

ERA European Research Area

ERFF Environment Research Funders Forum

ESF European Science Foundation

FP6 European Commission Framework programmes

FP7 European Commission Framework programmes

FAB Funding allocation and budgeting

GCOS Global Climate Observing System

GEOSS Global Earth Observations System of Systems

GLOSS Global Sea Level Observing System

GMES Global Monitoring for Environment and Security

GOOS Global Ocean Observing System

IACMST Inter-Agency Committee on Marine Science and Technology

ICES International Council for Exploration of the Seas

IMarEST Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology

IOC International Oceanographic Commission

IODP Integrated Ocean Drilling Program

IPY International Polar Year

MDIP Marine Environment Data and Information Network

MFP Marine Facilities Planning

MIAS Marine Information and Advisory Service

MOC Meridional Overturning Circulation

MSCC Marine Science Coordinating Committee

NCOF National Centre for Ocean Forecasting

NMCO National Marine Coordination Office

NMF-SS National Marine Facilities Sea Systems

MMO Marine Management Organisation

NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NEB NERC Executive Board

POGO Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans

QUEST Quantifying and Understanding the Earth System

RCUK Research Councils UK

ROD Research Outputs Database

ROV Remotely Operated Vehicle

SERPENT Scientific and Environmental ROV Partnership using Existing iNdustrial Technology project

SISB NERC Science and Innovation Strategy Board

SOFI Strategic Ocean Funding Initiative

UKHO UK Hydrographic Office

UKMMAS UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy