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RRS James Cook returns from successful collaborative voyage

Deployments and observations from RRS James Cook

On Friday 6 July, the RRS James Cook sailed into Southampton following a successful three-week expedition to the Celtic Shelf and Bay of Biscay, west of Cornwall.

NERC invests £22M in major new research programme focused on the Atlantic Ocean

CLASS programme announced

A new five-year marine research programme called 'Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science' (CLASS) has been commissioned by NERC, to be delivered in partnership by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Scottish Association for Marine Science (SA

UK and Germany combine forces to fund crucial Arctic science

For the first time, the UK and Germany have joined forces to investigate the impact of climate change on the Arctic Ocean through a series of projects, two of which involve the NOC.

Rising sea levels could cost the world $14 trillion a year by 2100

Failure to meet the United Nations’ 2ºC warming limits will lead to sea level rise and dire global economic consequences, new research has warned.

NOC scientists discover new mechanism for coastal flooding

An illustration of sea level annual cycle (SLAC)

A new link between processes in the open ocean and coastal sea-level has been revealed in a Nature Communications paper, published today by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

The role of the Atlantic Ocean in the 2018 UK heatwave

The current heatwave affecting UK and much of Northwest Europe may have its origins in the Atlantic Ocean, according to research undertaken by scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton.

Extreme sea levels predicted to increase along global coastlines

A new study has predicted that future global warming will lead to an increase in ‘extreme sea levels’, with consequent flood risks to coastal infrastructure and human populations.

Foreign Secretary announces UK strategy to protect world’s oceans at the NOC

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, on a visit to the NOC in Southampton

The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, on a visit to the NOC in Southampton, has today unveiled an ambitious plan to bring together all of the Government’s international oceans work under a single strategy for the first time.

Women in Engineering Day

Women in Engineering Day 2018

The NOC People Strategy has at its centre a vision of NOC as ‘a great place to work where people succeed and deliver great work’. NOC is using the Investors in People framework to review progress towards this vision and make improvements; and gained accreditation in September 2015, with very positive feedback from the Assessor.

Expedition sets sail to investigate carbon in the Benguela upwelling

Bongo nets

On 23 May 2018 the Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery will begin an ambitious science expedition to the South Atlantic to study the role of low oxygen zones in ocean carbon storage.

The results of this investigation will help improve understanding of how the ocean’s biology contributes to the long-term storage of carbon in the ocean.