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Posted: 14 October 2019
On Sunday 13 October the RRS Discovery sailed from Southampton to Punta Arenas, in Chile, as part of the annual Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) research expedition. National Oceanography Centre (NOC) technicians are on board using sediment traps to capture particles of sinking material... Read more
Posted: 3 October 2019
Newly developed 3D imaging technology has allowed scientists to map an area of cold-water coral reefs off the coast of Scotland to see whether it has recovered since being declared a Marine Protected Area 16 years ago. The images show that in areas of the Darwin Mounds that had been heavily... Read more
Posted: 2 October 2019
It is with sadness that the National Oceanography Centre has learned that Sir Anthony Laughton FRS died peacefully at home on 27 September 2019 after a short illness; he was 92. Sir Anthony was Director of the UK’s Institute of Oceanographic Sciences (a predecessor to the NOC) based at Wormley from... Read more
Posted: 1 October 2019
The full programme has been announced for the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) 2019, taking place from 12–14 November at the NOC’s waterfront site in Southampton. MATS 2019 promises to be the biggest showcase of its kind to date, with a record number... Read more
Posted: 30 September 2019
A study led by National Oceanography Centre (NOC) scientists, recently published in Frontiers in Marine Science, presents the first ever images of animals living below 4000 metres within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Kiribati, a remote island group in the Pacific.... Read more
Posted: 23 September 2019
Following a joint meeting between the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Government representatives on 17 September 2019, it was confirmed that the NOC will become a legally independent self-governing organisation from 1 November 2019 – a... Read more
Posted: 12 September 2019
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Exeter have become UK co-hosts for the Ocean Thematic Centre within the Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS), a European research infrastructure for measuring greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, land and oceans. Long-term... Read more
Posted: 6 September 2019
The supply of dense Antarctic water from the bottom of the ocean to the Atlantic has declined in recent years. However, a new study explains for the first time how this has stabilised since 2014, and slightly recovered. This is due to the variability in upstream dense waters, and has implications... Read more
Posted: 6 September 2019
A healthy cold water coral mount On Friday 6 September a team of scientists and engineers, led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and University of Southampton, will set sail to revisit a deep, cold-water coral reef area 16 years after it was named a Marine Protected Area, to look for evidence the coral is regenerating.... Read more
Posted: 5 September 2019
Registration is now open for the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) 2019, which will take place from 12–14 November at the NOC’s waterfront site in Southampton. MATS 2019 promises to be the biggest showcase to date, with a record number of... Read more