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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
Posted: 3 September 2018
Captain Antonio Gatti, Master of the Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery, has today been awarded the prestigious Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service. This announcement, coinciding with Merchant Navy Day, rewards his exemplary service and devotion to duty over 33 years at sea. Captain... Read more
Posted: 23 August 2018
A new understanding of the timing and development of strong El Niño events has resulted from recent research by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). This pioneering work was enabled by new analysis of results from a very high-resolution global ocean model. The model, which needs... Read more
Posted: 23 August 2018
A new decision-making tool to help the energy sector plan effectively for the future and mitigate the consequences of flooding and rising sea levels on their coastal facilities has been developed by a research team led by the University of Liverpool. The NOC has been involved in the development... Read more
Posted: 22 August 2018
Image provided from the oblique camera from Autosub6000 Mission 79 (M79) within the APEI shows two depressions, inferred to be those also observed from acoustic data. White dashed line indicates an area where sediment from the excavation has subsequently covered nodules within the vicinity. Eroded edges would suggest that these particular depressions have not been made in recent years. Depth: 4153 m. Credit: Marsh et al., 2018 A new study led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton has revealed a series of depressions forming mysterious “tracks” on the seafloor, which may be an unprecedented record of deep-diving whales. The observations were made by a type of marine robot called an... Read more
Posted: 17 August 2018
The third International Marine Science Communication Conference, CommOCEAN 2018, is being hosted by the NOC, this December in Southampton. On 4 and 5 December 2018 the European Marine Board Communication Panel (EMBCP), will hold the third international marine science communications conference,... Read more
Posted: 17 August 2018
Original photograph courtesy of Lundin Britain Ltd. Reproduced from “Cold-Water Corals: The Biology and Geology of Deep-Sea Coral Habitats”, by J.M. Roberts, A. Wheeler, A. Freiwald, and S. Cairns, Cambridge University Press, 2009 Structures in the ocean made by people, such as oil and gas rigs, shipwrecks or renewable energy devices, could help protect sea creatures under threat from human pressure and climate change, according to a study in Scientific Reports involving scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC... Read more
Posted: 16 August 2018
With changes in the northern North Atlantic being linked to the recent heatwave in Europe, the importance of diagnosing and predicting changes in this key region of the ocean is societally significant. TERIFIC (Targeted Experiment to Reconcile Increased Freshwater fluxes with Increased... Read more
Posted: 6 August 2018
The Discovery Collection – keeping an eye on marine biodiversity Details of a new open access database that enables the study of our planet’s changing biodiversity have just been published. The BioTIME database has almost nine million entries, from over half a million locations, that are spread pole-to-pole and from 4,000m above sea level to 5,000m below the... Read more
Posted: 3 August 2018
The first global GNSS-Reflectometry ocean wind data service has been launched by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), in partnership with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), and with support from the European Space Agency.
 
The data service is free to use and is hosted on the website www... Read more