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Story - February 29, 2012

Icebergs on the high seas – in times gone by and in a changing world – Talk by Dr Bob Marsh, Physical Oceanographer, National Oceanography Centre This talk addresses the scientific and historic importance of icebergs, ranging from...
The RRS Discovery

Story - February 8, 2012

The 50th anniversary of the launch of the Royal Research Ship Discovery was marked on 2 July 2012. This is her last year of service, a half-century of science that has included surveying the ocean floor, measuring ocean currents, monitoring climate...
Ocean and Earth Day, Saturday 17 March 2012

Story - December 20, 2011

Saturday 17  March, 2012  - Part of National Science and Engineering Week - NOC’s scientists and engineers carry out the research, sail the ships and build the amazing machines that help us understand the oceans’ role climate...
Oceanology International 2012, London Excel  13-15 March 2012

Story - December 20, 2011

13-15 March 2012 - Oceanology International is the global forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the marine technology and ocean science community, improving their strategies for measuring, exploiting,...
Sampling at Swanage

Story - November 22, 2011

TONIGHT! Solent Aliens, 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton – by Moira Maclean – Within Southampton Water there is minimum of 50 Alien non-native species which have been introduced to this area by a number of...
Image: Daniel Riordan

Story - November 22, 2011

Living the life aquatic: a maritime archaeological odyssey, 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton – by Dr R Helen Farr – With Titanic mania sweeping Southampton this month in memory of the 100th anniversary of its...
Collecting water from the CTD

Story - November 22, 2011

Ecosystem effects of deep-water oil well blowouts – 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton – by Charlie Main – Deep-water oil well blowouts can bring large quantities of hydrocarbons into contact with the...

Story - November 22, 2011

Why are corals colourful? by Ed Smith – 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton – Corals are renowned for their spectacular colouration. The proteins responsible for this vivid pigmentation are found in most shallow...
Fishing for European Sea Bass

Story - November 9, 2011

European Sea Bass: how do we restore UK stocks and why bother?, 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton – by Nigel Horsman – Nigel Horsman of the Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society, discusses the state of the UK's...
Institute of Acoustics

Story - August 26, 2011

Ambient noise in North European seas: monitoring, impact, management  (3–5 October 2011, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton) –  conference experts highlight how noise affects marine life.Jacques Cousteau called the oceans the ‘...

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