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Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has agreed to proceed to the next stage of a process considering changes in the ownership and governance of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). While no decision to change the status and move the...
Geraint West receives the 'International Maritime Partner' award on behalf of NOC
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton have been presented with the 'International Maritime Partner’ award at the annual ‘BlueTech & Blue Economy’ summit in San Diego, in order to...
Autonaut under tow
The second phase of an ambitious project to gather valuable information on ocean processes and marine life using a fleet of innovative marine robots has just reached its conclusion. Co-ordinated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), the...
Alice Jones and Lavinia Suberg recording Balearic shearwaters and harbour porpoises from the Land’s End peninsula in SW England
A series of new scientific papers by researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have highlighted the importance of southwest UK waters for endangered and threatened marine life, including seabirds and porpoises. The results are being...
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The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is to play a leading role in the largest marine science project that the European Commission has ever funded. The €20 million AtlantOS project, due to start in January 2015, will bring together a wide...
Map of sampled areas
Thousands of sea water samples are being collected by research vessels around the British Isles as part of an 18 month study of how much carbon dioxide is taken up (and released) in UK waters. Coordinated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC...
Engineers carrying out tide gauge repairs
Engineers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have been repairing and upgrading key instruments of the UK’s coastal flood warning system ahead of the winter, after winning a new contract from the Environment Agency. Devastating storms...
A blobfish hiding behind an asphalt mound
More than two thousand mounds of asphalt harbouring a wealth of deep-water creatures have been discovered up to two kilometres deep, off the coast of Angola. In a study published in the journal Deep-Sea Research 1, scientists at the National...
Waveglider and C-Enduro in Plymouth Harbour
Three marine ‘robot’ vehicles have been launched from Plymouth today to undertake a fish tracking mission in and around new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The aim is to learn how fish use these areas on a day-to-day basis. Scientists...
Periphylla periphylla being eaten by squat lobsters (Munida tenuimana)
Innovative experiments carried out by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and abroad show that dead jellyfish contribute to the deep-sea food chain, unlike previously thought. Researchers from the UK, Norway and Hawaii deployed...

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The outputs of research generate new knowledge about the oceans. Transferring scientific knowledge to support business and industry is an important part of our NOC remit.



Our research is intended to tackle the big environmental issues facing the world. Research priorities will include the oceans' role in climate change, sea level change and the future of the Arctic Ocean.



The University of Southampton and the University of Liverpool both offer a range of highly regarded undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Ocean and Earth Science.



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The creation of a wider association of Universities and research institutions to support wider engagement of the NOC with the marine science community is now underway.



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