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Posted: 16 January 2018
Sanchi oil spill modelling An updated emergency ocean model simulation shows that waters polluted by the sinking Sanchi oil tanker could reach Japan within a month. The new simulation also shows that although pollution is most likely to reach the Japanese coast, it is also likely to affect Jeju Island, with a population... Read more
Posted: 12 January 2018
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... Read more
Posted: 15 December 2017
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. In the summer of 2017 a fleet of 11... Read more
Posted: 12 December 2017
Large volume submarine landslides, triggered by the inception and growth of submarine volcanoes, represent among the largest mass movements of sediment on Earth’s surface. This is according to research published today in Nature Communications by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre... Read more
Posted: 11 December 2017
The ‘stars’ of this year’s Christmas card are all part of The Discovery Collections. The collections comprise benthic and pelagic samples from many areas of the world’s oceans. It is the only collection consisting solely of deep-sea and open-ocean invertebrates in the UK and provides vital... Read more
Posted: 28 November 2017
Autonaut in rough seas Carbon dioxide in remote parts of the world’s oceans will be measured by a new instrument being developed by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). The CaPASOS (Calibrated pCO2 in Air and Surface Ocean Sensor), created by the NOC in partnership with the University of Exeter,... Read more
Posted: 16 November 2017
MATS2017 speakers 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... Read more
Posted: 10 November 2017
The government this week announced an investment of over £19 million into NOC platforms and sensor development through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). The investment in marine robotics, which is known as the ‘Oceanids’ programme, will see NOC engineers develop two new... Read more
Posted: 1 November 2017
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.The NOC will now progress all the activities required to demonstrate readiness to... Read more
Posted: 31 October 2017
Fangtooth fish Since it is the season for all things creepy, NOC scientist Dr Tammy Horton has had a rummage through the Discovery Collections to find some suitably ghoulish marine specimens to share with you. Housed in the NOC, the Discovery Collections facility maintains samples of global ocean life... Read more