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Feb 24, 2017
Pacific xenophyophores Scientists at the NOC have discovered 34 new species of giant single-celled organisms living at depths of more than 4 km in the eastern equatorial Pacific. The study areas are among those licensed by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for exploration by companies with an interest in possible... Read more
Feb 22, 2017
Biologically rich coral community from Whittard Canyon. NOC scientists contributed to a recent review of studies of submarine canyons, which identified they are at risk from human activities, and require better protection. The review was published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science by a team of scientists that are part of the International... Read more
Feb 15, 2017
A project has kicked-off in London that will create artificial storms to help predict worst-case scenarios for coastal flooding. Using computer models to make real storms more extreme, this National Oceanography Centre (NOC) led project will help inform the planning of coastal defences and... Read more
Feb 09, 2017
Image of the seafloor in the abyssal Pacific showing nodules and large deep-water prawn (Bathystylodactyloidea). Image shows an area of seafloor approximately 50cm across. A new international study has demonstrated that deep-sea nodule mining will cause long-lasting damage to deep-sea life. This study, led by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), was the first to review all the available information on the impacts of small-scale sea-floor disturbances... Read more
Jan 27, 2017
Autosub Long Range Steatite, a leader in the development of power solutions for extreme environments, has formally become a partner with the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre. With over 30 years’ experience in the development of lithium batteries, Steatite’s move into the Innovation Centre is a sign of the company’s... Read more
Jan 24, 2017
A new project will investigate how climate-driven changes affect two top Arctic predators, the Harp and Ringed seals, as well as the base of the Arctic food web. As part of this project scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will work alongside five other UK centres and 21... Read more
Jan 10, 2017
Graham Shimmield The National Oceanography Centre is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Graham Shimmield, the director of Scottish Association for Marine Science between 1996 and 2008. The SAMS website carries some thoughts penned by Graham's colleagues at SAMS at the time that he moved to become... Read more
Dec 16, 2016
This January scientists from a range of disciplines will come together to undertake the first ever coordinated sampling of the major rivers in Great Britain to look for soil derived organic carbon. This carbon is a large element of our 'natural capital' - in fact it is so large that restoring some... Read more
Dec 15, 2016
Research from the NOC and the University of Southampton have provided robust evidence that wet regions of the earth are getting wetter and dry regions are getting drier, but it is happening at a slower rate than previously thought. The study, published in Scientific Reports, analysed the... Read more
Dec 14, 2016
Scientists at the NOC and the University of Southampton have found that the majority of instances of coastal flooding around the United Kingdom in the last 100 years have been due to moderate storm events combined with high spring tides, rather than extreme storms. Researchers have undertaken... Read more