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Story - April 14, 2014

Two new generation ocean robots, developed by Hampshire companies ASV Ltd and MOST (AV) Ltd in collaboration with the National Oceanography Centre, are about to enter production as marine industries recognise the value of their cutting-edge designs...
Dr Elizabeth Kent

Story - April 10, 2014

Dr Elizabeth Kent has been awarded the Adrian Gill Prize by the Royal Meteorological Society for her dedicated research into air-sea interaction and marine climatology. The prize is named in honour of Dr Adrian Gill, meteorologist and author of...
Image courtesy: NASA, May 2010

Story - April 4, 2014

Saharan dust is coating our cars and irritating our lungs – but what else is it doing? The iron that gives Saharan dust its red colour acts like fertilizer in the open ocean. Sunlight and warmer weather provide the perfect conditions for...
Leigh Storey

Story - April 4, 2014

NOC has further strengthened its management team with the appointment of Leigh Storey as Head of National Marine Facilities Sea Systems. In this role Leigh will be responsible for managing the delivery of large seagoing research infrastructure to...
Commodore Guy Robinson shaking hands with Geraint West

Story - April 1, 2014

The National Oceanography Centre and the Royal Navy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enable cooperation on a variety of activities relating to marine autonomous systems with a particular focus on gliders. The Royal Navy does not...
Aerial view of La Palma

Story - March 28, 2014

Anyone who watched the recent documentary ‘Could we survive a Mega-Tsunami?’ can be forgiven for looking for property on higher ground, as it made for pretty terrifying viewing! Giant computer-generated waves aside, just what is the...
NOC’s prototype probe guard fitted to an RSI MicroRider turbulence sensor on a Slocum glider being deployed from RRS Discovery

Story - March 27, 2014

The UK National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has signed a licence deal with Canadian company, Rockland Scientific International (RSI), giving RSI the rights to manufacture and sell a novel probe guard designed and tested by NOC engineers and...

Story - March 20, 2014

Ocean scientists have, for the first time successfully balanced the supply of food to midwater organisms with their demands for this food. The depth at which they consume this sinking material regulates our climate by determining how much carbon is...
Robotic Underwater Vehicle (RUV) HyBIS (Photo courtesy of NOC)

Story - March 14, 2014

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has been awarded €1.8 million to study massive sulphide deposits on floor of the Atlantic Ocean, three kilometres beneath the surface. The research is part of a wider, international programme to assess...
Autosub 3 which has been exploring under the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica

Story - March 11, 2014

International expeditions and trials over a month-long period mean for the first time in the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) history, a total of 14 unmanned marine autonomous vehicles will have been deployed simultaneously. All of these...

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