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Posted: 23 March 2018
Microplastics are the most dominant particulate contaminant identified in the global ocean. Emerging evidence for harm to biota, ecosystems, and potentially to human health, currently makes microplastics pollution an issue of enormous concern for society. Moreover, interaction of microplastics with... Read more
Posted: 21 March 2018
Foresight Future of the Sea report, visit GOV UK to download A major new report looking at the future of the sea, published by the Government Office for Science, sets out the opportunities available for the UK to capitalise on its existing strengths in research, technology and the diversity of ocean industries. The report’s expert advisory group... Read more
Posted: 13 March 2018
The National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Autosub Long Range (ALR), known affectionately around the world as ‘Boaty McBoatface’, was successfully recovered last week following its first under-ice mission beneath the Filchner Ice Shelf in West Antarctica. This... Read more
Posted: 7 March 2018
Red soft corals New insights into animal patterns around extinct submarine volcanoes could inform measures used to protect marine ecosystems from human activities, such as trawling and deep-sea mining. These insights have been published today in Nature Scientific Reports, and show that the structure of... Read more
Posted: 28 February 2018
@nocnews The arrival of the RRS James Cook into Rio kicked off a special day of events hosted by the city’s Museum of Tomorrow to celebrate the announcement of the upcoming UK-Brazil Year of Science and Innovation. On the 27 February, after docking for the first time ever in Praça Mauá, Rio,... Read more
Posted: 27 February 2018
Part of the NOC's marine equipment fleet The world-leading fleet of marine robots operated by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has just had its busiest two months ever. The robotic vehicles have been operating in some of the world’s most hostile waters, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and from the coast to the deep ocean.... Read more
Posted: 23 February 2018
Seabed mapping data collected by research ships during decades of collaborative research in Antarctica can be compiled to help create large-scale maps of the seabed physical environment around South Georgia. Image from the British Antarctic Survey.  In an era where huge expanses of ocean are being designated as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), the importance of mapping the seabed to collect baseline data and monitor change is vital. New results from an MPA around South Georgia, published this week by NOC, BAS and University of Southampton... Read more
Posted: 23 February 2018
The Nippon Foundation this week announced that the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO (General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans) Seabed 2030 project is now under way. Seabed 2030 aims to map the entirety of the ocean floor by 2030. It will compile all available and newly collected bathymetric data into... Read more
Posted: 16 February 2018
The European Marine Board (EMB), of which the NOC is a member, has released the 6th Forum Message. This highlights the need for marine science to be at the core of the ocean governance debate, and also presenting eight specific commitments that EMB is making to underpin those needs and... Read more
Posted: 7 February 2018
Researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have developed a technique that, for the first time, uses reflected GPS signals from satellites orbiting the Earth to measure very high wind speeds and changes in near-surface ocean conditions during hurricanes. This pioneering research,... Read more