Latest news

The latest news articles are listed below.


Autosub Long Range ‘Boaty McBoatface’ returns home after successful Antarctic mission

Autosub Long Range being deployed from the RRS James Clark Ross

The RRS James Clark Ross arrived at the NOC last week, returning Autosub Long Range (ALR) home after its first scientific deployment in the Antarctic.

Biodiversity loss from Deep-sea mining will be unavoidable

Sea anemone in an abyssal area with polymetallic nodules in the Clarion Clipperton Zone, in the Pacific, at over 4000 m depth

Biodiversity losses from deep-sea mining are unavoidable and possibly irrevocable, an international team of 15 marine scientists and legal scholars argue in a letter published today in the journal Nature Geoscience.

NOC #oceanrobots

UK Robotics Week

New and innovative marine autonomous and robotic vehicles being developed at the NOC are pushing the limits on how we can explore our oceans. With capabilities allowing us to reach new depths, travel under ice and collect data in some of the most environmentally hostile environments, #oceanrobots are the future of marine science.

Women in Engineering Day

Women in Engineering Day 2017

NOC represents UK at Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

Ocean circulation can impact on the effectiveness of marine protected areas

Researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) studying the UK’s four largest Marine Protected Areas have found that, because of the ocean’s vigorous circulation, even remote, seemingly pristine habitats, are not isolated from human activities, and may be vulnerable to pollution and overfishing impacts.

Seafloor communities may have it worse under climate change

New findings from researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) indicate that seafloor communities will be more impacted by climate change the deeper they are in the ocean.

International collaborative expedition to shed light on microplastics and ocean carbon

On Friday 14 April the RRS Discovery will leave Southampton for a research expedition to the Porcupine Abyssal Plain sustained ocean observatory (PAP-SO) in the Northeast Atlantic.

Deep-sea mining research at the NOC

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is engaged in research into the potential risks and benefits of exploiting deep-sea mineral resources, some of which are essential for low-carbon technology, as well as using ocean robots to estimate the environmental impact of these potential deep-sea mining activities.

Could ocean robots help decide if oil-rigs could become reefs?

Basket star on an oil structure

Today at Ocean Business, in Southampton, a project has been launched aiming to develop a guide for using ocean-robots to assess the impact of decommissioned oil structures on marine life.