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Discovery in London

Discovery in London

To celebrate 50 years of the Natural Environment Research Council.
Robot technology to measure UK’s marine wildlife

Robot technology to measure UK’s marine wildlife

Part of the three-phase Exploring Ocean fronts project
Institute for Sustainable Coasts and Oceans

Institute for Sustainable Coasts and Oceans

New strategic partnership
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

Latest News

October 7, 2015
RRS DIscovery
The Royal Research Ship Discovery has completed her first year of research. Over a series of nine research expeditions, scientists studied the seasonal events taking...

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Bess B Ward
9 October 2015 – Nitrogen cycling in the oxygen minimum zone Bess B Ward Oxygen minimum zones form in a few special regions of the ocean due to the...
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14 & 15 October 2015

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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: