NOC working with national capability delivery partners

National capability enables the UK to deliver world-leading environmental science, support national strategic needs, and respond to emergencies. It includes the research and development activities which keeps this capability at the cutting-edge. For marine science, this capability is managed and delivered by NOC working with its national capability delivery partners.

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Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Observing, modelling, understanding and forecasting marine ecosystems, to underpin evidence-based environmental solutions to societal challenges


Scottish Association for Marine Science

Working for an informed, responsible and sustainable relationship with our seas and oceans

Marine Biological Association

To promote scientific research into all aspects of life in the sea, including the environment on which it depends.

Sea Mammal Research Unit

Provides the UK’s main science capability in the field of marine mammal biology.


British Geological Survey

United Kingdom's premier centre for earth science information and expertise.

Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science

collecting data from the North Atlantic and the North Sea on the ecology and biogeography of plankton since 1931.

British Antarctic Survey

For over 60 years, undertaken the majority of Britain's scientific research on and around the Antarctic continent

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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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