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NOC’s Autosub Long Range is Boaty McBoatface

NOC’s Autosub Long Range is Boaty McBoatface

Read about Boaty’s upcoming adventures
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

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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

October 21, 2016
Foraminiferal species from the Porcupine Abyssal Plain, NE Atlantic (4850 m water depth).
New research, published today in Progress in Oceanography by scientists at the NOC and the University of Southampton, show that deep-sea hills increase the biodiversity...

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Into the blue Manchester
25-29 October 2016 – The Runway Visitor Park, Sunbank Lane, Altrincham, WA15 8XQ NERC is bringing its science to the North West in a series of...
Secrets of the Solent
3 November 2016 – Secrets of the Solent; becoming involved in marine conservation locally Speaker: Owain Masters – A presentation about...

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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: