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Posted: 13 May 2019
Photographic survey by autonomous underwater vehicle In an article published recently in Conservation Biology, National Oceanography Centre (NOC) scientists demonstrate that seafloor photographic surveys by robot-subs can offer a practical solution to the growing need to monitor biodiversity over a range of habitats within marine protected... Read more
Posted: 10 May 2019
Ed Hill and Peter Liss The National Oceanography Centre has awarded its first Honorary Fellowship, the highest honour that the National Oceanography Centre can bestow, to Peter Liss, CBE, FRS, Emeritus Professor at the University of East Anglia. Professor Liss is a distinguished environmental chemist who has... Read more
Posted: 10 May 2019
Ed Hill and Thérèse Coffey MP Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs presented at the annual meeting of the NOC Association this week. While there, the Minister issued a Call for Evidence on safeguarding biodiversity in the UK Overseas Territories... Read more
Posted: 9 May 2019
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is calling for abstract submissions for the 2019 Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS). The deadline for submissions is 19 July. Building upon from the success of MATS 2018, this year’s event will take place from Tuesday 12 November to Thursday 14... Read more
Posted: 9 May 2019
The latest Autosub Long Range (ALR) vehicle being developed by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has successfully completed its first live trials in the waters of Portland Harbour in Dorset. The new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), ALR1500 – named for the 1500m depth it can achieve –... Read more
Posted: 8 May 2019
Bidston Observatory, Wirral. The home of BODC from 1975 to 2004 Today, the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) celebrates its 50th anniversary with an international meeting looking at the “Past, present and future: successes and challenges in managing marine data”. Over 100 colleagues and collaborators from across the UK, Europe and the USA are joining... Read more
Posted: 7 May 2019
A major new project has been announced that aims to more accurately estimate how the global climate has changed over the industrial era, as well as shedding more light on the causes of natural climate variations. This new project, called GloSAT, will generate new estimates of global surface air... Read more
Posted: 2 May 2019
This diagram shows the likely sources, pathways and accumulation points for microplastics in the ocean. Research published earlier in the week reveals that microplastics often accumulate on the deep sea floor in the same place as diverse and dense marine life communities. This is because the same submarine sediment flows that transfer the oxygen and nutrients needed to sustain life, also transport... Read more
Posted: 25 April 2019
This week the RRS James Cook set sail to embark on a world-first experiment to develop methods for detecting and monitoring leaks of carbon dioxide (CO2) from sub-seabed reservoirs, however unlikely they are to occur. This forms part of the internationally collaborative STEMM-CCS project, led by... Read more
Posted: 23 April 2019
Following its 20th Annual Meeting, held in Mindelo, Cabo Verde, in January 2019, the Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), of which the NOC is a member, has issued the Cabo Verde Declaration on Ocean Observations. In this Statement, the Directors of around 40 major... Read more