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:
- Eddies and fronts.
- Coastal lagoon biochemical processes
- Phytoplankton blooms
- Invasive species
- Marine protected areas influence on fisheries.
- Climate change on sensible areas.