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North Atlantic sea surface temperature, showing the eddies produced by the separated Gulf Stream

Story - August 28, 2014

After last winter’s storms and flooding, 2012’s great winter freeze and a July heatwave this year, it seems to many of us that our Great British weather is becoming ever more extreme and increasingly difficult to predict. Now...

Story - August 26, 2014

Review papers by two NOC scientists were published this week in the Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions A. The special feature ‘A Prospectus for UK Marine Sustained Observations’ reflects on the contribution that UK...
Eyjafjallajokull volcano plume

Story - August 15, 2014

It may have caused huge disruption to air travel – and coated cars in ash across Britain – but the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 was an opportunity not to be missed for scientists at the National...
Professor Laurence Mee

Story - August 14, 2014

The National Oceanography Centre is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Professor Laurence Mee, Director of the Scottish Association for Marine Science. Laurence was a great advocate for marine science who communicated very...
Sea-level detail from CryoSat: ESA/CNES/CLS

Story - August 12, 2014

Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have secured a three-year contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to carry out ‘quality control’ checks on ocean data captured by one of its satellites. The team at NOC were...
Kostas Nittis

Story - July 31, 2014

The National Oceanography Centre is saddened to learn of the passing away of Kostas Nittis of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Greece, a former chair of the European Marine Board and the Secretary General of the EuroGOOS network. Kostas...
Dr Graham Allen

Story - July 29, 2014

Dr Graham Allen will take up a permanent position as Head of the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) on 4 August. The BODC’s role is to facilitate high quality research outcomes by connecting stakeholders to oceanographic data and the...
NOC scientists looking at Ferrybox data

Story - July 25, 2014

For most of us, ferries are simply a convenient means of getting from A to B on a short break or family holiday, but for scientists at the National Oceanography Centre, they have proved to be an invaluable source of information about harmful...
Drop in the Ocean

Story - July 24, 2014

A new study has found that turbulent mixing in the deep waters of the Southern Ocean, which has a profound effect on global ocean circulation and climate, varies with the strength of surface eddies – the ocean equivalent of storms in the...
ODAS buoy

Story - July 18, 2014

Update – 17 July 2014 Everything is still going very well onboard the Meteor cruise 108 to the PAP observatory, however the workload is heavy for the team as there are not many people on board. The main observatory PAP1 has been deployed...

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