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Posted: 17 August 2018
The third International Marine Science Communication Conference, CommOCEAN 2018, is being hosted by the NOC, this December in Southampton. On 4 and 5 December 2018 the European Marine Board Communication Panel (EMBCP), will hold the third international marine science communications conference,... Read more
Posted: 17 August 2018
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... Read more
Posted: 16 August 2018
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. TERIFIC (Targeted Experiment to Reconcile Increased Freshwater fluxes with Increased... Read more
Posted: 6 August 2018
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... Read more
Posted: 3 August 2018
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.
The data service is free to use and is hosted on the website www... Read more
Posted: 2 August 2018
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 SOLSTICE-WIO programme. The experiment used nine simple surface... Read more
Posted: 26 July 2018
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. A recent two-week trial in Loch Ness was the culmination of the... Read more
Posted: 25 July 2018
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. The voyage delivered a unique combination of first-class science, trials of novel marine robots, and training opportunities for... Read more
Posted: 25 July 2018
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 (SAMS), Marine... Read more
Posted: 13 July 2018
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. The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (... Read more