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NEMO model
Preliminary insights into the potential pathway of the plane wreckage that washed up on Reunion Island yesterday morning, thought to be from the missing MH370 flight, is provided by researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).
 If a plane...
National Oceanography Centre
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has affirmed its decision to proceed to the next stage of a process considering changes in the ownership and governance of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). Natural Environment Research Council...
MARS - Waveglider and Socum glider
The final phase of a competition to develop novel Adaptive Autonomous Ocean Sampling Network (AAOSN) management systems for the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is now underway. Two UK consortia will move forward to develop systems capable...
New glider workshop
The National Oceanography Centre’s Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) Innovation Centre reached its completion this week. The £3 million centre, which was part funded through the Government’s ‘Eight Great...
19 partners from across Europe have come together to develop Europe’s first ultra-deep-sea robot glider. This glider will be capable of sampling the ocean autonomously at depths of 5000m, and maybe more in the future, for up to three months...
Steve Hall
On 24 June at the 28th Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Assembly in Paris, Steve Hall, Head of the NOC’s International and Strategic Partnerships Office, was elected as Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental...
Losactis feeding
The surprising culinary preferences of an abyssal sea anemone have been unveiled by a team of scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).
 New time-lapse photography of the abyssal sea floor shows that this type of anemone can eat...
This image is credited to Henrik Stahl of SAMS
A significant step has been made for potential Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) deployment, with the publication of the results from the world's first experiment into the realistic simulation of the potential environmental impact of a submarine...
Surface buoy
Small to medium sized enterprises and marine technology research institutions can now apply for access to ocean observatories for research, or to test their new product prototypes in the open sea, at no cost. Dr Luisa Cristini, who is managing the...
Depoying a RAPID mooring
A decade of research on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), which is important for understanding the climate, reveals some surprising findings about its behaviour. The AMOC is the system of ocean currents in the North Atlantic...

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