Learning and teaching

Learning and teaching

Explore our resources, from online cruise diaries from our research ships, to multimedia teaching materials and activities that help teachers bring science to life in the classroom.

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    Free posters

    A series of five A1-sized posters about natural processes are available, free of charge, to schools and educational organisations. These were designed by NOC postgraduate students with the help of Southampton school children. For more information and to request your free set, please visit the HERMES project website. The posters can be viewed online, and classroom handouts downloaded as PDFs.

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    Planet Earth

    NOC is part of the Natural Environment Research Council. Their quarterly Planet Earth publication contains entertaining and informative articles on environmental research. View online pages at http://planetearth.nerc.ac.uk

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    This is a web magazine aimed at 12- to 16-year-olds. Oceans4schools contains background information on ocean and earth sciences, activity ideas, quizzes and puzzles, and reports from research cruises and expeditions.

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    Sea level FAQs

    The Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level provide answers to commonly asked sea-level questions.

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    An interactive website aiming to bring real marine science into the classroom. Based around NOC research cruises - some of which carry teachers as part of the scientific team - the site contains online diaries and stories from our research ships, explains a range of marine science topics and offers resources for teachers.

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    Tides FAQs

    All you ever wanted to know about tides and tidal science.

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    UNESCO Bilko project

    A complete system for learning and teaching remote sensing image analysis skills

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    Earth observation education resources suitable for senior high school to university level. The site provides satellite data sets from around the world, remote sensing software (Bilko) and lessons in satellite remote sensing covering a variety of topics.

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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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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.


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