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Posted: 11 October 2018
The full programme has been announced for the NOC Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) 2018, taking place from 13-15 November at the NOC's waterfront headquarters in Southampton. MATS 2018 promises to be the biggest showcase of its kind to date, with a record number of expert speakers and... Read more
Posted: 9 October 2018
The autonomous and smart shipping industry is set to receive a boost, after the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Department of Transport (DfT), in collaboration with the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Centre, successfully secured £1million in a bid to... Read more
Posted: 8 October 2018
The heavy frame (800 kg) that was moved by the flow, copyright 2017 to MBARI Robotic sensors disguised as boulders, or ‘smart boulders’, have been used to measure the initiation and evolution of huge seafloor avalanches for the first time, revealing some surprising findings that will help inform where best to lay the seafloor cables that keep the internet running.... Read more
Posted: 21 September 2018
Deepglider being deployed from RRS James Cook The NOC has recently purchased and trialled a new type of marine robot called a Deepglider. The vehicle will join the NMF-MARS glider fleet, and will allow the UK science community to collect water column data at depths of up to 6000m. The new Deepglider is similar in design to the existing... Read more
Posted: 11 September 2018
MATS2018 photo montage Registration is now open for the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) 2018, which will take place from 13–15 November at the waterfront site in Southampton. MATS 2018 promises to be the biggest showcase to date, with a record number of abstracts... Read more
Posted: 3 September 2018
Captain Antonio Gatti, Master of the Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery, has today been awarded the prestigious Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service. This announcement, coinciding with Merchant Navy Day, rewards his exemplary service and devotion to duty over 33 years at sea. Captain... Read more
Posted: 23 August 2018
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. The model, which needs... Read more
Posted: 23 August 2018
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. The NOC has been involved in the development... Read more
Posted: 22 August 2018
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. The observations were made by a type of marine robot called an... Read more
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