The coasts of The Region of Murcia where CORI are located present a series of characteristics that make them exceptional for the development of science linked to the marine environment, this uniqueness is due to:

  • Being placed in a converge area between the Atlantic and Mediterranean current.
  • A bathymetry, in which the north of Cabo de Palos differs with a gentle inclination of the continental shelf on the south, with a steep slope
  • One of the largest coastal lagoons in the Mediterranean Sea, with a high ecological value. Ideal place to study sub-mesoscale processes or effects of climate change.
  • Underwater canyons on the south coast of the Region associated with a large number of oceanic processes (eg Upwelling, fronts, ...).
  • 2 marine protected areas: Cabo de Palos-Islas Hormigas and Cabo Tiñoso
  • An important underwater heritage.


These features allow to perform phsical, chemical and biological studies, such as:

  • Upwellings
  • Eddies and fronts.
  • Shelf-break.
  • Acidification.
  • Coastal lagoon biochemical processes
  • Phytoplankton blooms
  • Invasive species
  • Marine protected areas influence on fisheries.
  • Climate change on sensible areas.