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Posted: 14 January 2019
Sea surface where algal blooms can form Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are developing an innovative new sensor and associated analytical techniques for monitoring and classifying phytoplankton that can cause harmful algal blooms (HABs). The two-year project is one of 12 to receive a total of £5.1 million of UKRI... Read more
Posted: 9 January 2019
Ice Results of a recent paper published in Nature reveal that ice sheets overlying extensive wetlands can release tons of methane to the atmosphere through subglacial rivers. Ice sheets are currently ignored in global methane budgets used to forecast global warming, yet they may contribute to a rise... Read more
Posted: 18 December 2018
Hydrothermally extinct seafloor massive sulphides A new project has been announced to reduce the potential environmental impact of future mining by making exploration for deep-seafloor mineral deposits much more effective. ‘Project ULTRA’ has been funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), and will be led by Professor Bramley... Read more
Posted: 14 December 2018
After going missing on Christmas Day five years ago, deep ocean measuring equipment belonging to the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has just been found on a beach in Tasmania by a local resident after making an incredible 14,000 km journey across the ocean. In 2011, this deep-ocean... Read more
Posted: 12 December 2018
Predicting Ocean Change The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is a world-leader in numerical modelling of the global oceans and shelf seas. This includes modelling the ocean circulation and heat transport, marine ecosystems, sea-ice, turbulence, surface waves, sediment transport, tides and... Read more
Posted: 28 November 2018
A submarine glider ready for deployment (front right) with HMS Enterprise in the background (Photo: NOC) An innovative marine robot, called ecoSUB, has been successfully trialled off the Orkney Isles in northern Scotland during a marine robot demonstrator mission co-ordinated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). The ecoSUBs are a new type of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) developed by... Read more
Posted: 26 November 2018
The WireWall project team were in Amsterdam in their posh frocks and dickie bows last week for the Dredging and Port Construction Awards 2018, where they were shortlisted for ‘Research Project / Team of the Year’ and ‘Environmental Port Project of the Year’ for the wave overtopping and coastal... Read more
Posted: 23 November 2018
Image from @ctbto_alerts on Twitter From 12–16 Nov 2018, the National Oceanography Centre hosted the 24th On-Site Inspection (OSI) workshop of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO). Previous OSI workshops have mostly focused on underground events, but for the first time this... Read more
Posted: 21 November 2018
MATS 2018 highlights Last week (13-15 November) saw the NOC host the Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2018 (MATS-2018), which welcomed hundreds of delegates from across industry, academia, government, defence and beyond to the Southampton waterfront site. MATS-2018 was the fourth annual event focusing on... Read more
Posted: 15 November 2018
RRS Discovery is currently sailing to remote waters beyond the southwest tip of Chile. This is part of an exciting project, led by the NOC, to understand how the Southern Ocean takes up and stores carbon from the atmosphere. The CUSTARD (Carbon Uptake and Seasonal Traits in Remineralisation... Read more