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National Oceanography Centre Open Day

National Oceanography Centre Open Day

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Women in NOC

Women in NOC

Celebrating International Women's Day
NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre

NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre

Official opening by Science Minister, Jo Johnson
Drilling the Earth’s mantle beneath the Atlantic Ocean

Drilling the Earth’s mantle beneath the Atlantic Ocean

RRS James Cook helps IODP drill ocean mantle
Science at sea

Science at sea

Current cruises

Latest News

April 27, 2016
RRS Discovery with some of NOC's autonomous vehicles in the foreground
The Natural Environment Research Council announced today that it will invest £15m in Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS) and sensors over a five-year development...

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OceanSITES 2016
25–29 April 2016 – OceanSITES 2016: 11th Steering Committee and 8th Data Management Team Meeting
GeoHab 2016
2-6 May 2016 – GEOHAB (Marine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping) is an international association of marine scientists studying biophysical...
The unknown Aegean
5 May 2016 – PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE – FOR THIS MONTH ONLY THE TALK WILL START AT 18:30 The unknown Aegean – speaker: Eleni...

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Partners in marine science

International and Strategic Partnerships


Oceanography and earth sciences are truly international pursuits. NOC collaborates with colleagues around the world.

The Universities of Liverpool and Southampton

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Collaborating with universities creates a highly stimulating research community with shared facilities and close day-to-day interaction.

The UK marine science community


Working with its partners NOC delivers Natural Environment Research Council marine science national capability.

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The outputs of research generate new knowledge about the oceans. Transferring scientific knowledge to support business and industry is an important part of our NOC remit.



Our research is intended to tackle the big environmental issues facing the world. Research priorities will include the oceans' role in climate change, sea level change and the future of the Arctic Ocean.



The University of Southampton and the University of Liverpool both offer a range of highly regarded undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Ocean and Earth Science.



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Delivery Partners

Delivery Partners helping to provide marine science national capability.


Marine Science Community

The creation of a wider association of Universities and research institutions to support wider engagement of the NOC with the marine science community is now underway.



The National Oceanographic Library is a national resource for the UK marine science community.


Principal scientists

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