Our organisation

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a Research Centre wholly owned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It was formed on 1 April 2010, by merging the NERC-managed parts of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton with the NERC Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory at Liverpool, enabling the scientific remit of the Centre to span from coast to deep ocean.  

Governance and leadership

  • The NOC is owned by the Natural Environment Research Council, the UK’s primary funding agency for basic research in environmental sciences.
  • The ultimate governing body for the NOC  is the Council of NERC
  • The strategic priorities (see 'Taking the Lead' document at bottom of page) of the Centre support its mission
  • The Executive Director provides overall leadership for NOC
  • The Executive Director reports directly to the NERC Chief Executive and is a member of the of the NERC Executive Board
  • The Executive Director is supported  by the NOC senior leadership team who constitute the Centre’s Directorate
  • The Executive Director is also supported by a non-executive Advisory Council  who provide independent expertise and advice across the whole span of the Centre’s mission.


  • The NOC receives funding from NERC to support essential marine science national capability
  • The Centre wins grants from other NERC competitive funding sources (investigator-led responsive mode and issue-led research programmes) and from a  variety of other sources. To learn more about our funding see the latest NOC Annual Review.

Wider engagement

  • The National Oceanography Centre works closely with NERC’s other Centres – the British Antarctic Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, National Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, National Centre for Earth Observation.
  • The NOC is tasked by NERC with provision of marine science national capability.  Some of this is provided by NOC Delivery Partners who manage this collectively through a Delivery Partners Board
  • The NOC is tasked by NERC to engage with the wider marine science community in Universities and other Research Institutions.  The formal mechanism for this engagement is through the NOC Association.



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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: