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Malta Escarpment

Story - September 16, 2014

A massive underwater canyon has been discovered in the Mediterranean near Italy by an international team of scientists that includes mapping experts from the National Oceanography Centre. The canyon measures almost 1000 square miles (2,500 sq km...
The ANDREX team approach the subantarctic island of South Georgia onboard the RRS James Cook

Story - September 15, 2014

The first study of its kind to quantify the role of the Weddell Gyre in closing the southern limb of the Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC) has been conducted by an international team led by scientists based at the National Oceanography...
Martin Arundell with the sensor

Story - September 5, 2014

A team of scientists and engineers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is heading to the USA to take part in a high-profile international competition to develop pH sensors to measure changes in the acidity of the ocean. NOC is one of only...
Autonomous vehicles

Story - September 2, 2014

The latest Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition was launched today at the NOC in Southampton – making £1.5 million available to UK businesses to develop novel adaptive autonomous ocean sampling network (AOSN) management...
Melting ice

Story - September 1, 2014

Four NOC scientists have contributed to a study of satellite data from the last 19 years which has revealed that fresh water from melting glaciers has caused the sea-level around the coast of Antarctica to rise by 2cm more than the global average...
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...

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