Ocean Watch

Many fundamental questions concern how the oceans and their living systems change over timescales from days to decades and from local to global scales.  The oceans are grossly under-sampled and different approaches are needed to build a complete picture (more info).  The National Oceanography Centre works with UK and International Partners to contribute to the world-wide effort to make sustained measurements of the global oceans and more local UK waters.  These all form part of the Global Ocean Observing System.

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Click on the interactive map to learn about some of the programmes carried out by NOC and our partners.

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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: