We hold one of the oldest, most large scale sample archives in the world. Samples collected by the CPR Survey since 1958 are stored and carefully curated, providing a bank of samples available for future analysis using new and innovative methodologies.
During routine plankton analysis, every other sample on a tow is processed by our team of specialist analysts, before being archived.
The remaining 50% of the tow is not analysed but archived immediately, resulting in a library of samples available for further/alternative analysis.
The archive is home to all our samples from routine North Atlantic, South Atlantic and North Pacific tows, in addition to one-off cruises, e.g. circumnavigation of the Arctic collected in 2012.