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The team collecting their award
The winners of the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) inaugural Impact Awards have been announced at a prize-giving ceremony in London, with scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) amongst those being recognised for...
The GOCE gravity satellite, courtesy ESA
Research at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has discovered that a ‘slope’ on the ocean surface in the Strait of Gibraltar is lowering the sea level in Europe by 7cm. This research, published today in Geophysical Research Letters...
Trajectories of 24 passive particles released in the western Irish Sea during spring 2005
The vertical movement of scampi larvae in the Irish Sea is an important factor in determining the success of the species, according to scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Liverpool. The study, published in the...
Extreme weather
Research at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) may help to predict extreme winters across Europe by identifying the set of environmental conditions that are associated with pairs of severe winters across consecutive years. Pairs of extreme...
Autosub returning from a successful mission
Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have used advanced photographic tools in an unmanned Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to make major advancements in estimating deep-sea ecosystem diversity at ‘landscape’ scales...
Automated water samplers
The National Oceanography Centre is leading a £1.2M NERC funded project to improve our understanding of the role of the Atlantic meridional overturning current (AMOC) in absorbing atmospheric carbon. AMOC is part of a ‘conveyor...
Polychaete worm
Research at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) reveals that benthic fauna in deep-sea canyons are much more varied than previously thought. This study, published in the Journal of Deep Sea Research 1, shows there is an equally great variation...
Working onboard RRS Discovery
Ten years of work into the transport of carbon from the surface ocean to the deep ocean interior, has been brought together in a landmark paper published in Geophysical Research Letters. This research shows that multiple mechanisms drive carbon...
RRS James Clark Ross
The Southern Ocean encircles Antarctica and plays a key role in controlling the global climate. It is here that ocean currents return from the abyss to the surface, closing the global ocean overturning circulation. This circulation drives the...
National Oceanography Centre
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...

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