The National Oceanography Centre Association

The new NOC Association will be a strategic platform that brings together the NERC funded marine science community to enhance its influence on funders and policy makers and the impact of our science on society
Professor Peter Liss, Chair of the Board of the NOC Association

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) Association offers a range of ways to participate and benefit from interaction with the National Oceanography Centre.

The creation of the NOC on 1st April 2010 envisaged the development of an association of Universities and research institutions to support wider engagement with the marine science community in an open and impartial way. The Association acts as a strong voice to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), to Government directly and through the Government’s Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC) and internationally on issues affecting marine science and its delivery in a UK context.

The Association has developed a community vision which takes a broad view of the priorities for science and national capability, within the context of the NERC and UK Marine Science Strategies. 



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The outputs of research generate new knowledge about the oceans. Transferring scientific knowledge to support business and industry is an important part of our NOC remit.



Our research is intended to tackle the big environmental issues facing the world. Research priorities will include the oceans' role in climate change, sea level change and the future of the Arctic Ocean.



The University of Southampton and the University of Liverpool both offer a range of highly regarded undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Ocean and Earth Science.



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Delivery Partners

Delivery Partners helping to provide marine science national capability.


Marine Science Community

The creation of a wider association of Universities and research institutions to support wider engagement of the NOC with the marine science community is now underway.



The National Oceanographic Library is a national resource for the UK marine science community.


Principal scientists

All updated information for cruise participants can be found using the Marine Facilities Planning website: