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Posted: 19 March 2019
The NOC has contributed to a new report titled ‘Maximising the Marine Economy in the Highlands and Islands’ (MAXiMAR). The Highlands and Islands has enormous potential in developing the marine economy according to the new study which focuses on supporting the growth of aquaculture, energy and... Read more
Posted: 15 March 2019
Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2019 It was a good double whammy for the NOC at the fifth annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards, held in Liverpool this week (14 March), with two projects picking up top honours. WireWall, led by the NOC’s Dr Jenny Brown, walked away with the ‘Positive Impact’ award, and the anyTide app, led by Dr... Read more
Posted: 15 March 2019
Ocean glider deployments State-of-the-art ocean robots are currently profiling waters off South Africa to collect data that supports a UK-Africa partnership aimed at improving understanding of how regional fisheries are sustained. The robots – known as ocean gliders – change their buoyancy which enables them to glide... Read more
Posted: 12 March 2019
Scientists at the NOC have released a forward-looking review of how marine robotic capabilities can support the environmental monitoring needed for decommissioning oil and gas installations. This review shows how already-existing sensors and autonomous platforms could be used to assess all the... Read more
Posted: 12 March 2019
Fishing vessels and large cargo ships off Zanzibar Key areas of the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and the Pacific should be designated protected areas in order to safeguard vulnerable coastal communities’ livelihoods, new research published this week reveals.
 ‘Ecological connectivity between the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction and coastal... Read more
Posted: 1 March 2019
Large krill swarms in the Southern Ocean could help remove additional carbon from the atmosphere, in a way that is currently ‘hidden’ in global models. The new findings were recently published in Nature Communications by scientists from the NOC and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Antarctic... Read more
Posted: 22 February 2019
Research published in Nature Communications today may help forecast severe hurricane seasons by identifying the common ocean factors in three of the most active hurricane seasons since 1980. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was the most costly to date, with estimates of damage at £275bn. Yet... Read more
Posted: 15 February 2019
A new whole Earth system computer model developed in the UK has just been launched. By providing a representation of the planet that draws on all environmental science disciplines, this model will help researchers make better forecasts of environmental change, such as the impact of climate... Read more
Posted: 6 February 2019
Climate change is causing significant changes to tiny marine plants in the world’s oceans. A new study, led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in collaboration with NOC scientists, predicts that over the coming decades these changes will affect the ocean’s colour, intensifying the blue... Read more
Posted: 6 February 2019
Two projects being led by the NOC have been shortlisted for the fifth annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards. The winners will be decided by a judging panel and a public vote which closes at midnight on Friday 15 February. WireWall (category 11) WireWall has been nominated in the ‘Positive... Read more