Welcome to the National Oceanography Centre

NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre

NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre

Official opening by Science Minister, Jo Johnson
Discovery in London

Discovery in London

To celebrate 50 years of the Natural Environment Research Council
Drilling the Earth’s mantle beneath the Atlantic Ocean

Drilling the Earth’s mantle beneath the Atlantic Ocean

RRS James Cook helps IODP drill ocean mantle
Science at sea

Science at sea

Current cruises
Extreme tides set for February and September

Extreme tides set for February and September

Tides in 2015 will be the highest for tens of years

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December 1, 2015
Dr Kathryn Sullivan at the National Oceanography Centre
US oceanographer and astronaut, Dr Kathryn Sullivan visited the National Oceanography Centre and met with young scientists starting out in their research careers.

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3 December 2015 – Collections of Discovery – Speaker: Tammy Horton – Enthusiasm for the largest environment on earth, the deep sea and...
Monday 14 – Friday 18 November 2016 – With 2016 set to be a packed year for the MARS team and the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre, the 2016...

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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: