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Marine science to support the UN2030 Sustainable Development Goals

The European Marine Board (EMB), of which the NOC is a member, has released the 6th Forum Message.

NOC researchers pioneer observations of hurricane wind speeds from space with GPS

Researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have developed a technique that, for the first time, uses reflected GPS signals from satellites orbiting the Earth to measure very high wind speeds and changes in near-surface ocean conditions during hurricanes.

Coral reefs may be at risk from Sanchi oil tanker contamination

Sanchi oil spill modelling - February 2018

Water polluted by the Sanchi oil tanker may reach coral reefs in the Ryukyu Island chain, according to the latest ocean model simulation by scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton, using the leading edge, high-resolution global ocean circulation model, NEMO.

NOC at Oceanology International 2018

The UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is returning to Oceanology International this year with two exhibition stands, as well as chairing and participating in a number of conference sessions.

NOC leads satellite altimetry into the coastal zone

A new reference book on satellite altimetry, one of the most successful ever techniques for monitoring the oceans and climate from space, highlights the NOC’s leading role in extending altimetry to the coastal zone, the domain where the effects of rising sea levels are most severely felt by society.

W•SENSE joins the NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre as a Strategic Partner

Pioneering underwater wireless networking and communications systems developer W•SENSE Ltd has joined the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre as a Strategic Partner.

Global analysis reveals how sharks travel the oceans to find food

Reef shark

The global effort to overturn recent declines in the world’s shark population could be helped by new insights into their feeding habits. Ocean modelling by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is enabling this new research, led by the University of Southampton and published in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

Large volcanic island flank collapses trigger catastrophic eruptions

Tiede volcano

New research, published this week (18 January 2018) in Nature Scientific Reports, not only implies a link between catastrophic volcanic eruptions and landslides, but also suggests that landslides are the trigger.

Sanchi oil spill contamination could reach Japan within a month (update)

Sanchi oil spill modelling

An updated emergency ocean model simulation shows that waters polluted by the sinking Sanchi oil tanker could reach Japan within a month.

Sanchi oil spill contamination could take three months to reach mainland

Water contaminated by the oil currently leaking into the ocean from the Sanchi tanker collision is likely to take at least three months to reach land, and if it does the Korean coast is the most likely location. However, the oil’s fate is highly uncertain, as it may burn, evaporate, or mix into the surface ocean and contaminate the environment for an extended duration.