One of the core Solent Forum objectives is to improve sharing of the information base. We do this through our website, our Solent Information Database, Solent news service and the Solent Forum members meetings. We also fund student projects through our Professor Mike Clark Bursary Awards and we offer an annual student placement. The Solent Forum's Natural Environment Group (NEG) offers annual funding for environment related projects.
The Forum hosts a project tracker which can be used by external organisations to find projects around the Solent and Sussex coasts and catchments.
As part of our annual members horizon scanning and wider work, we produce a list of research needs for the Solent. Below we have listed the needs being raised by the Solent's coastal community.
Implementing small scale habitat restoration
The impacts of algal mats on intertidal habitats and species
Impacts of end of life abandoned GRP boats on the Solent's habitats and species
Microplastic impacts on the Solent's designated habitats and species
Carbon neutrality and achieving net zero for the marine industry
Protecting and restoring habitats including green financing opportunities
Beneficial use of dredgings
The impacts of informal coastal and marine recreational activities on the Solent's designated sites
How to build biodiversity into coastal infrastructure
The impacts of 'forever chemicals' on the Solent's water quality
Identifying bird sensitive areas (to recreational disturbance)
Marine invasive species research and/or delivering biosecurity measures e.g. trialling settlement panels