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Jun 16, 2017
Researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) studying the UK’s four largest Marine Protected Areas have found that, because of the ocean’s vigorous circulation, even remote, seemingly pristine habitats, are not isolated from human activities, and may be vulnerable to pollution and... Read more
Jun 14, 2017
New findings from researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) indicate that seafloor communities will be more impacted by climate change the deeper they are in the ocean. These deep-sea communities are important in the food chain, are highly diverse, and help control the long-term... Read more
Apr 12, 2017
On Friday 14 April the RRS Discovery will leave Southampton for a research expedition to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain sustained ocean observatory (PAP-SO) in the Northeast Atlantic. This expedition aims to answer fundamental questions about the distribution, fate and effects of microplastic... Read more
Apr 12, 2017
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is engaged in research into the potential risks and benefits of exploiting deep-sea mineral resources, some of which are essential for low-carbon technology, as well as using ocean robots to estimate the environmental impact of these potential deep-sea... Read more
Apr 05, 2017
Basket star on an oil structure Today at Ocean Business, in Southampton, a project has been launched aiming to develop a guide for using ocean-robots to assess the impact of decommissioned oil structures on marine life. This National Oceanography Centre (NOC)-led, joint science-industry project was launched by Dr Daniel... Read more
Apr 04, 2017
Representatives from Ireland, Canada, USA and France attended a welcome reception for Marine Cluster representatives attending Ocean Business last night at the NOC in Southampton. The group were hosted by the NOC and the Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Cathie McEwing. The event brought together... Read more
Apr 04, 2017
Ocean Business at NOC dockside Ocean Business 2017, the hands-on marine technology exhibition and training forum (4–6 April 2017) will bring over 340 international exhibitors to the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton.   Hosted at the NOC, Ocean Business brings together the world’s leading manufacturers... Read more
Apr 03, 2017
How global climate change will alter the ocean and ecosystems at the heart of global food security over the 21st century has been highlighted by a trio of ground-breaking research papers. The studies, published in the leading journals Nature Communications, Science and Global Change Biology,... Read more
Apr 01, 2017
Pirate Ship? UPDATED ** Happy April Fools!! Hope you enjoyed our April Fool story, however, we really do discover incredible things with our research ships and autonomous vehicles, sign up to our newsletters to keep updated on amazing real-life science and technology stories. ** Earth scientists, currently... Read more
Mar 29, 2017
Dr Emma Cavan A key piece of the carbon cycle puzzle has been solved by scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), with the discovery of the mechanism underpinning more efficient carbon transfer in low oxygen zones. This research, published in Nature Communications, suggests that the observed... Read more