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Ocean circulation
The spread of oil spills and marine pollution through the world’s oceans can now be simulated on computer models developed by the National Oceanography Centre to help the marine industry manage and measure risk.  These novel techniques...
Ocean Business at NOC
International marine science firms are choosing April’s Ocean Business event as the key venue for exploring ventures with the National Oceanography Centre’s scientists and technologists.  NOC is building a portfolio of...
Deploying a RAPID buoy
A groundbreaking project to observe and analyse regular data about ocean circulation and how it impacts on Britain’s climate has reached a ten-year milestone, giving valuable new insights into how ocean currents can affect global warming....
'Supermoon' seen from Canary Wharf, 2014
‘Supermoon’ is a term widely used to refer to when either a full or new moon coincides with the closest approach the Moon has to Earth in its elliptical orbit. It is not an astronomical term (where the correct syntax is the Scrabble-...
Autosub Long Range
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), along with nine UK partners from across industry and academia, has won funding from Innovate UK to enable £2.9m worth of collaborative research & development for Marine Autonomous Systems....
Dr Russell Wynn with one of the marine robots
How marine robotic vehicles can map and monitor the ocean – and the National Oceanography Centre's (NOC) experiences of using them – is one of the subjects being discussed at this year's international WhaleFest event, taking...
Monserrat volcano as seen from the JR research ship, credit: Adam Stilton, volcanologist
Tsunamis triggered by the partial collapse of the Caribbean Monserrat volcano, 13,000 years ago, would have been much smaller than previously thought, according to research soon to be published in Geochemistry, Geophysics and Geosystems. The...
One of the 44 idealised simulations of the Southern Ocean using Q-GCM, showing the potential vorticity at the ocean surface
Research at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has highlighted the significance of eddies and chaos within the ocean in controlling the response to forcing from climate change. Therefore, it is important that scientists are careful when...
Hairy chested crab
NOC’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV) used to investigate the social life of the hairy chested ‘Hoff’ crab. Researchers from the University of Southampton have used the Isis ROV to shed light onto the “child-care”...
Infrared picture of the canvas bucket filled with warm water
NOC research on the effect of buckets on climatic data was featured in the recent BBC documentary 'Climate Change by Numbers', which framed the science of climate change using three numbers. The first number was 0.85˚C: the global...

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