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Mar 16, 2017
A year after becoming an Associate Member of the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre, global provider of underwater positioning, communications and custom engineering solutions, Sonardyne International Ltd. has upgraded its membership to become a full Partner.... Read more
Mar 13, 2017
The NOC’s Autosub Long Range is joining ocean scientists from the University of Southampton and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on an expedition to study some of the deepest and coldest abyssal ocean waters on earth – known as Antarctic Bottom Water (AABW) – and how they affect climate change.... Read more
Mar 10, 2017
The National Oceanography Centre has joined the World Ocean Council (WOC), the international cross-sectional alliance committed to corporate ocean responsibility. The NOC joins the other 80+ member organisations from a wide range of ocean industries including shipping, cruise tourism, seafood,... Read more
Mar 08, 2017
A NOC-led study, published in Nature Communications, finds that with just 15 more years of current emissions, over half of the world’s ocean will be exposed to more than one source of stress, affecting everything from the tiniest plants to the mightiest whales. By 2050, that figure rises to... Read more
Feb 28, 2017
Deploying mooring on the RAPID array Scientists and technicians from the National Oceanography Centre are spending six weeks at sea gathering data from the deep ocean that provide important information about our varying climate. This year they will for the first time be retrieving data on the transport of carbon dioxide by the... Read more
Feb 28, 2017
RAPID: monitoring the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation For more than a decade scientists from the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton have been travelling to the subtropical Atlantic to collect data that provide important information about our changing climate. Just 15 miles from the sandy shores and coral reefs of the Bahamas the ocean floor... Read more
Feb 28, 2017
Phytoplankton ‘tufts’ from the summer POC flux pulse at Northern Oligotrophic Gyre observatory A new study led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) reveals that that dust generated by land erosion has large repercussions for oceanic processes and planetary climate. Wind-driven Saharan dust to the remote Atlantic Ocean not only provides phytoplankton with essential nutrients to promote... Read more
Feb 24, 2017
Pacific xenophyophores Scientists at the NOC have discovered 34 new species of giant single-celled organisms living at depths of more than 4 km in the eastern equatorial Pacific. The study areas are among those licensed by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for exploration by companies with an interest in possible... Read more
Feb 22, 2017
Biologically rich coral community from Whittard Canyon. NOC scientists contributed to a recent review of studies of submarine canyons, which identified they are at risk from human activities, and require better protection. The review was published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science by a team of scientists that are part of the International... Read more
Feb 15, 2017
A project has kicked-off in London that will create artificial storms to help predict worst-case scenarios for coastal flooding. Using computer models to make real storms more extreme, this National Oceanography Centre (NOC) led project will help inform the planning of coastal defences and... Read more