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Plastic Planet
Plastic Planet – 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton – by Jennifer Durden –  Plastic has become ubiquitous in the developed world in the last 60 years, and much of it ends up as waste in our oceans: up...
The National Oceanography Centre will be showcasing Natural Environment Research Council’s expertise in marine renewable energy at a key conference at Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands from 1 May The main aim of the EIMR International Conference...
Planet Under Pressure
NOC Liverpool is organising a session at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London called Past and Present Sea Level Rise and Ice Sheets. The session will take the form of poster presentations by scientists together with a 90-minute panel...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...

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