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Sea ice
Using recently released Royal Navy submarine data, researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have investigated the nature of turbulence in the ocean beneath the Arctic sea-ice. Recent decreases in Arctic sea ice may have a big impact...
Autonomous Surface Vehicles Ltd (ASV) have entered into a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). This is the first partnership of its kind for both organisations, and will offer ASV the reliability...
RAPID buoys
New research using National Oceanography Centre data reveals that sea levels north of New York City rose by nearly 13cm in two years. The study, led by the University of Arizona, highlights the role of ocean circulation changes in an extreme...
The MARS fleet with RRS Discovery
Recent capital investment, as part of the UK Government ‘Eight Great Technologies’ initiative, means that the NERC Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) facility now comprises the largest and most diverse research fleet of marine...
NOC's innovative pH sensor
An innovative pH sensor developed by scientists and engineers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has progressed through to the third phase of a four-part international competition in the USA. The prestigious Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health...
launching Autonaut
A competition to improve ocean research methods has awarded £250,000 to innovators looking to develop robot technology. Five proposals have each been awarded £50,000 to develop an integrated system for the National Oceanography Centre...
3D seascapes
Researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have developed a new, automated method for classifying hundreds of kilometres of the deep sea floor, in a way that is more cost efficient, quicker and more objective than previously possible....
Working in the Arctic Ocean
Research led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), in collaboration with the University of Bangor, have identified how warm Atlantic water that is flowing deep into the Arctic Ocean is mixing with colder waters above to contribute to sea-ice...
Scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are partners in the Natural Environment Research Council’s million pound COHBED project. This project is studying the effect of the ‘sticky’ sugars produced by micro-organisms...
UKHO Tide gauge at Gibraltar (in operation until 2000). Similar in operation to the gauge at Malta.
By restoring historic tide gauge data from Malta and making it available to the public, researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the UKHO hope to shed new light on past tsunamis and climate change in the Mediterranean. A tide...

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