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.
A fleet of pioneering marine robots, built and operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and its partners, has successfully detected whales and porpoises and recorded the sounds they make in a survey of the deep ocean off northern Scotland.
Last week saw the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) host its third Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) at the Southampton waterfront site.
The three-day event included 50 keynote and technical presentations describing the latest developments in marine robotic technology, and provided an effective forum for networking and discussion between delegates.
On Friday 27 October, the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation agreed that plans for the NOC to become an independent research institute, should move into preparation phase.