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NOC scientists discover potential oceanic triggers for strong El Niño events

A new understanding of the timing and development of strong El Niño events has resulted from recent research by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). This pioneering work was enabled by new analysis of results from a very high-resolution global ocean model.

NOC helps develop new decision-making tool to help energy industry manage coastal impacts

A new decision-making tool to help the energy sector plan effectively for the future and mitigate the consequences of flooding and rising sea levels on their coastal facilities has been developed by a research team led by the University of Liverpool.

Marine robot provides tantalising evidence for deep-diving whales in areas targeted for deep-sea mining

Image provided from the oblique camera from Autosub6000 Mission 79 (M79) within the APEI shows two depressions, inferred to be those also observed from acoustic data. White dashed line indicates an area where sediment from the excavation has subsequently covered nodules within the vicinity. Eroded edges would suggest that these particular depressions have not been made in recent years. Depth: 4153 m. Credit: Marsh et al., 2018

A new study led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton has revealed a series of depressions forming mysterious “tracks” on the seafloor, which may be an unprecedented record of deep-diving whales.

NOC to host Marine Science Communication Conference

The third International Marine Science Communication Conference, CommOCEAN 2018, is being hosted by the NOC, this December in Southampton.

Human-made structures could help threatened corals flourish

Original photograph courtesy of Lundin Britain Ltd. Reproduced from “Cold-Water Corals: The Biology and Geology of Deep-Sea Coral Habitats”, by J.M. Roberts, A. Wheeler, A. Freiwald, and S. Cairns, Cambridge University Press, 2009

Structures in the ocean made by people, such as oil and gas rigs, shipwrecks or renewable energy devices, could help protect sea creatures under threat from human pressure and climate change, according to a study in Scientific Reports involving scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

NOC scientist funded to explore changes in North Atlantic deep water formation

Eleanor Frajka-Williams

With changes in the northern North Atlantic being linked to the recent heatwave in Europe, the importance of diagnosing and predicting changes in this key region of the ocean is societally significant.

NOC scientists make major contribution to open access database monitoring biodiversity

The Discovery Collection – keeping an eye on marine biodiversity

Details of a new open access database that enables the study of our planet’s changing biodiversity have just been published. The BioTIME database has almost nine million entries, from over half a million locations, that are spread pole-to-pole and from 4,000m above sea level to 5,000m below the surface.

NOC and SSTL launch first global GNSS-Reflectometry ocean wind data service

The first global GNSS-Reflectometry ocean wind data service has been launched by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), in partnership with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), and with support from the European Space Agency.


NOC works with Zanzibar partners to identify monsoon-driven eddies in the Pemba Channel

Top: Testing the drifter buoyancy ahead of release. Bottom: IMS and Pemba Fisheries personnel deploy the first of the drifters

National Oceanography Centre scientists, Dr Matthew Palmer and Dr Gaby Mayorga-Adame, last month joined partners from the Zanzibar Institute for Marine Sciences (IMS) to undertake a drifter experiment as part of the GCRF-funded SOLS

Partnership project delivers collaborative marine robots for deep water surveys

A project led by ASV Global, working in partnership with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Sonardyne International Ltd and SeeByte, has successfully delivered a long endurance, multi-vehicle, autonomous marine survey solution.