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RRS DIscovery
October 07, 2015
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 place in UK shelf waters throughout the year. The vessel, procured by the Natural...
October 06, 2015
To celebrate 50 years of the Natural Environment Research Council, RRS Discovery will be moored in London this week for a series of events. Science and technology from all NERC Centres will be showcased on board, and hundreds of...
National Oceanography Centre
October 01, 2015
14 & 15 October 2015 Visit website to register   The UK Marine Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group (MASRWG) is organising this conference to develop and promote a UK Code of Practice in collaboration with the international maritime...
'Supermoon' seen from Canarhy Wharf 2014
September 28, 2015
Many places along the UK coastline will experience the highest tide for 18.6 years between the 19th and 30th of September, as a result of the co-incidence of a series of astronomical factors. To watch a video of Professor Kevin Horsburgh explaining...
Vent chimney at the Von Damm vent site
September 28, 2015
A crucial process has been identified to explain the reason why dissolved organic carbon (DOC) levels in the deep oceans are constant despite a continuous supply from the surface ocean. This research has been published today in the journal Nature...

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