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Posted: 23 February 2018
Seabed mapping data collected by research ships during decades of collaborative research in Antarctica can be compiled to help create large-scale maps of the seabed physical environment around South Georgia. Image from the British Antarctic Survey.  In an era where huge expanses of ocean are being designated as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), the importance of mapping the seabed to collect baseline data and monitor change is vital.New results from an MPA around South Georgia, published this week by NOC, BAS and University of Southampton... Read more
Posted: 23 February 2018
The Nippon Foundation this week announced that the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO (General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans) Seabed 2030 project is now under way. Seabed 2030 aims to map the entirety of the ocean floor by 2030. It will compile all available and newly collected bathymetric data into... Read more
Posted: 16 February 2018
The European Marine Board (EMB), of which the NOC is a member, has released the 6th Forum Message. This highlights the need for marine science to be at the core of the ocean governance debate, and also presenting eight specific commitments that EMB is making to underpin those needs and... Read more
Posted: 7 February 2018
Researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have developed a technique that, for the first time, uses reflected GPS signals from satellites orbiting the Earth to measure very high wind speeds and changes in near-surface ocean conditions during hurricanes. This pioneering research,... Read more
Posted: 6 February 2018
Sanchi oil spill modelling - February 2018 Water polluted by the Sanchi oil tanker may reach coral reefs in the Ryukyu Island chain, according to the latest ocean model simulation by scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton, using the leading edge, high-resolution global ocean circulation... Read more
Posted: 6 February 2018
The UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is returning to Oceanology International this year with two exhibition stands, as well as chairing and participating in a number of conference sessions. With its most extensive presence at the show to date, the NOC’s Executive Director Professor Ed... Read more
Posted: 31 January 2018
A new reference book on satellite altimetry, one of the most successful ever techniques for monitoring the oceans and climate from space, highlights the NOC’s leading role in extending altimetry to the coastal zone, the domain where the effects of rising sea levels are most severely felt by... Read more
Posted: 30 January 2018
Pioneering underwater wireless networking and communications systems developer W•SENSE Ltd has joined the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre as a Strategic Partner. W•SENSE was initially established as part of the Sapienza University of Rome, specialising... Read more
Posted: 19 January 2018
Reef shark The global effort to overturn recent declines in the world’s shark population could be helped by new insights into their feeding habits. Ocean modelling by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is enabling this new research, led by the University of Southampton and published in... Read more
Posted: 19 January 2018
Tiede volcano New research, published this week (18 January 2018) in Nature Scientific Reports, not only implies a link between catastrophic volcanic eruptions and landslides, but also suggests that landslides are the trigger. At the heart of Tenerife and standing almost 4km high, Teide is one of the... Read more