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Posted: 15 February 2019
A new whole Earth system computer model developed in the UK has just been launched. By providing a representation of the planet that draws on all environmental science disciplines, this model will help researchers make better forecasts of environmental change, such as the impact of climate... Read more
Posted: 6 February 2019
Climate change is causing significant changes to tiny marine plants in the world’s oceans. A new study, led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in collaboration with NOC scientists, predicts that over the coming decades these changes will affect the ocean’s colour, intensifying the blue... Read more
Posted: 6 February 2019
Two projects being led by the NOC have been shortlisted for the fifth annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards. The winners will be decided by a judging panel and a public vote which closes at midnight on Friday 15 February. WireWall (category 11) WireWall has been nominated in the ‘Positive... Read more
Posted: 4 February 2019
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will host Ocean Business 2019 at the Southampton waterside site from 9–11 April. Ocean Business promises to be an incredible global show offering the very latest technologies, water-based demonstrations and learning opportunities, as well as Offshore Survey,... Read more
Posted: 1 February 2019
In a departure from the prevailing scientific view, a new international study has revealed that a deep-ocean process playing a key role in regulating Earth’s climate is primarily driven by cooling waters west of Europe. These findings will help scientists better forecast changes to the weather... Read more
Posted: 31 January 2019
L-R: Marlan’s Managing Director Alex Sinclair, the NOC’s Head of Ocean Technology & Engineering Dr Paul Bell, Marlan’s KTP Associate (now Director of Research) Dr Cai Bird and the University of Liverpool’s Head of Geography and Planning Professor Andrew Plater A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Marlan Maritime Technologies Ltd, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Liverpool has achieved an ‘Outstanding’ grade by funding body Innovate UK. Starting in July 2016, the two-year partnership aimed to successfully build on... Read more
Posted: 29 January 2019
 A large sea cucumber feeding as it walks across the deep seafloor at the Porcupine Abyssal Plain Sustained Observatory site (northeast Atlantic, 4850 m water depth). An important theory of biological processes in all animals (like feeding and breathing rates), has been found to hold for deep-sea animals, in a unique study based on long-term observations of the deep-ocean floor. The Metabolic Theory of Ecology suggests that metabolism may control processes... Read more
Posted: 25 January 2019
Emeritus Fellow of the NOC, and sea-level scientist, Professor Phil Woodworth, has been elected as a fellow of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), in recognition of his achievements in the field of sea-level science. IUGG is a scientific organisation dedicated to the... Read more
Posted: 14 January 2019
Sea surface where algal blooms can form Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are developing an innovative new sensor and associated analytical techniques for monitoring and classifying phytoplankton that can cause harmful algal blooms (HABs). The two-year project is one of 12 to receive a total of £5.1 million of UKRI... Read more
Posted: 9 January 2019
Ice Results of a recent paper published in Nature reveal that ice sheets overlying extensive wetlands can release tons of methane to the atmosphere through subglacial rivers. Ice sheets are currently ignored in global methane budgets used to forecast global warming, yet they may contribute to a rise... Read more