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The NOC People Strategy has at its centre a vision of NOC as ‘a great place to work where people succeed and deliver great work’. NOC is using the Investors in People framework to review progress towards this vision and make...
Foraminiferal species from the Porcupine Abyssal Plain, NE Atlantic (4850 m water depth).
New research, published today in Progress in Oceanography by scientists at the NOC and the University of Southampton, show that deep sea hills increase the biodiversity of forams - a very important group of shelled protozoans. There are over 25...
'Boaty McBoatface' undergoes trails in Southampton
A new yellow robot submarine, based at Southampton’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC), has been named Boaty McBoatface by Jo Johnson – Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. The naming took place...
Submarine glider being recovered, accompanied by a rare Atlantic Wreckfish
A fleet of ten marine robots has successfully completed an ambitious two-week mission off northwest Scotland, despite being hit by a succession of Atlantic storms with winds gusting up to 60 mph and waves up to 7 m high. The mission comprised the...
Professor Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Liverpool have renewed their formal working relationship with the signing of a new agreement on board RRS Discovery, which arrived in Liverpool on Tuesday morning for a series of public...
RRS Discovery in Liverpool
The RRS Discovery is in Liverpool this week as part of a unique celebration of the best of British environmental science being showcased by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) alongside the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). This state...
City-sized maps of terrain and life on the sea-floor have revealed that drifts of ‘marine snow’ on submarine hillsides act as a source of food to fuel a higher biomass of marine life on the hills than on the flatter plains surrounding...
PAP Surface Bouy
European scientists are joining forces to better understand oceanic change, by coordinating ocean data acquisition, analysis and response on scales ranging from the provincial to the global. Marking a major milestone, the first Assembly of Members...
Gliders on the launch vessel at SAMS prior to deployment on 'Exploring Ocean Fronts'
An ambitious two-week mission involving ten marine robots has commenced off northwest Scotland. The third in a series of demonstrator missions, this latest phase sees the largest fleet of marine robotic vehicles simultaneously deployed in UK waters...
The TOMCAT teat
Leading scientists from across the world travelled to NOC for the first TOMCAT working group meeting. This group aims to take advantage of the fast development of optical technologies to help progress understanding of the ocean carbon cycle, which...

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