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Microplastics discovered in the deep, open ocean

Microplastics discovered in the deep, open ocean

Microplastic research at NOC
New UK marine technology show launched

New UK marine technology show launched

Register your interest for the MAT Showcase
NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre

NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre

Official opening by Science Minister, Jo Johnson
NOC launches new collaborative platform for oil and gas industry

NOC launches new collaborative platform for oil and gas industry

New Oil and Gas collaborative platform with NOC
Technology Transfer Opportunity

Technology Transfer Opportunity

Commercial partner wanted for sensor technologies

Latest News

September 22, 2016
Gliders on the launch vessel at SAMS prior to deployment on 'Exploring Ocean Fronts'
An ambitious two-week mission involving ten marine robots has commenced off northwest Scotland. The third in a series of demonstrator missions, this latest phase sees...

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UK Marine Science Strategy
The MSCC will be holding one of only two Plenary meetings held per year at NOC on the 21 – 22 September 2016.
RRS Discovery in Liverpool
4–7 October 2016 – We live and breathe science. From the air in our lungs to whether of not it rains today, environmental science explains...
Humpback whales
6 October 2016 – Marine Conservation Efforts in Southern Mozambique Speaker: Francesca Trotman – Love the Oceans, founded in 2014 by...

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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

All updated information for cruise participants can be found using the Marine Facilities Planning website: