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Posted: 16 November, 2017
MATS2017 speakers This week saw the NOC host its third Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS2017) at the Southampton waterfront site. The three day event welcomed more than 200 delegates from eight countries to hear from 40 guest speakers from across industry and academia about the latest developments... Read more
Posted: 10 November, 2017
The government this week announced an investment of over £19 million into NOC platforms and sensor development through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). The investment in marine robotics, which is known as the ‘Oceanids’ programme, will see NOC engineers develop two new... Read more
Posted: 1 November, 2017
On Friday 27 October, the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation agreed that plans for the NOC to become an independent research institute, should move into preparation phase.The NOC will now progress all the activities required to demonstrate readiness to... Read more
Posted: 31 October, 2017
Fangtooth fish Since it is the season for all things creepy, NOC scientist Dr Tammy Horton has had a rummage through the Discovery Collections to find some suitably ghoulish marine specimens to share with you. Housed in the NOC, the Discovery Collections facility maintains samples of global ocean life... Read more
Posted: 26 October, 2017
Autosub Long Range The NOC has announced the line-up for this year’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS), which will run from 13–18 November at the waterfront site in Southampton. Marine Autonomy is a transformative technology that continues to generate huge interest from major industry sectors... Read more
Posted: 19 October, 2017
Today the NOC announced its involvement in a new, internationally collaborative project that will inform planning for the Pearl River Delta in China by combining measurements of salt in estuarine waters with computer modelling. Currently high levels of salt in the Pearl River Delta are... Read more
Posted: 18 October, 2017
Responding to the recent low-level seismic activity on the Canary Island of La Palma, the NOC’s Dr James Hunt said “It is debatable whether an eruption will ensue on La Palma, what magnitude such an eruption would reach should one occur, and whether the volcanism would be enough to cause a flank... Read more
Posted: 13 October, 2017
A team of scientists has discovered that sediment avalanches occurring deep under the ocean are far more frequent and long-lasting than previously thought. The team, including Mike Clare, Matthieu Cartigny, Peter Talling, and Dan Parsons and their respective groups at the NOC, Durham... Read more
Posted: 6 October, 2017
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources (VIGMR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), on 26 September, which will develop joint training and technical programmes for knowledge transfer and research collaboration around areas of... Read more
Posted: 5 October, 2017
A new, international, collaborative project will investigate the potential of wetlands as a natural defence against rising sea-levels. The project will specifically look at the potential of this technique in the Chinese cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen in the Pearl River Delta, which are ranked... Read more