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Posted: 13 November 2018
On 29 October 2018, scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) began a multi-disciplinary program of fieldwork in Belize that aims to help characterise the impacts of changes in land-use management on coastal environments. This is a collaborative research program funded by the... Read more
Posted: 13 November 2018
To mark World Tsunami Awareness Day on 5 November 2018, NOC scientists have prepared this Q&A feature on potential tsunami risks to the UK and its citizens. NOC sea-level scientist, Dr Angela Hibbert, is the UK’s Tsunami National Contact, co-ordinating UK activity through the North East... Read more
Posted: 25 October 2018
On Saturday 20th October the Royal Research Ship (RRS) James Cook departed on an expedition during which a new automated system of collecting climate data will be trialed. If successful, the new technology could help improve long-range European weather forecasts in the future. A team of... Read more
Posted: 22 October 2018
RRS Discovery at sea This week the Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery set sail to the Rio Grande Rise in the South Atlantic, 1400 km east of Brazil, to investigate cobalt-rich mineral deposits of interest to potential deep-sea mining. This expedition is part of the Marine E-tech project, which is an international... Read more
Posted: 19 October 2018
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is engaged in research into the potential risks and benefits of exploiting deep-sea mineral resources, some of which are essential for low-carbon technology, as well as using ocean robots to estimate the environmental impact of these potential deep-sea mining... Read more
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... 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