Research expeditions

At any one time scientists and technicians from the UK community can be at sea on numerous vessels. Discover where they are and what they are trying to achieve.

Latest expedition

RRS James Cook

Cruise Principal Scientist & Institution Location Duration in days (begins) Aim
JC113

Robert Harris

Oregon State University

Panama Basin

CRCAL - PABLB

45

January 2015

 

Oceanographic and Seismic Characterisation of heat dissipation and alteration by hydrothermal fluids at an Axial Ridge (OSCAR)

The objective of this cruise is to obtain a new suite of conductive sub-seafloor heat flow data to better understand the nature of conductive and convective heat transfer in young sedimented crust of the Panama Basin. This heat flow data, when combined with existing heat flow data will provide a better estimate of total hydrothermal heat loss from the crust in the study region.

Further information can be viewed here

Cruise Principal Scientist & Institution Location Duration in days (begins) Aim
DY047

Andy Henson

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

 

GBSOU - PTFNC

Iberian Abyssal Plain/Canary Basin

22

January 2015

Sea Acceptance Trials (SAT) for the Ship Fitted Winch System

Following the winch repair period in Aalesund, Norway, the RRS Discovery will sail from Southampton on January 7th to commence around 48 days of deep water Sea Acceptance Trials (SAT) for the ship fitted winch system. This trials programme will be split into three legs DY047; DY048 and DY049 and all ship fitted winch wires, cables and ropes will be streamed behind the ship at least once during the trials, with all wires, cables and ropes streamed down to the drum.

 

Ship position

This map shows the positions of the NOC operated vessels RRS Discovery and RRS James Cook.  While every effort is made to keep this map up to date sometimes postion updates are not possible.

Update from the ship (PIM)

RRS DISCOVERY   RRS JAMES COOK

DTG: 230115 12:00

Zone: Z-1

Subj: PIM DY047

 

Pos: 33 15N  22 06W

Co:  050

Spd: 6kts

 

Wx: ENE 14kts. Fine and clear. Mod seas.

Status: Winch trials Madeira Abyssal Plain/Canary Basin.

Streaming Trawl Wire for spooling/lay tests.

Intentions: Plasma Rope trials to follow.

 

Fuel ROB: 343t

 

DTG: 230115  07:00L

Zone: Z -6

Subj: PIM JC114

 

Posn: 06 47.9N  082 51.4W

Co: 143T

Spd: 12.0Kts

Wx: Light Airs. slight Sea and short low Swell.

Status: On passage to SR01 to deploy first of four OBS in this set ETA 1630/23rd.

Intentions: After deploying the first set of 4 OBS then move to a new area further to the west and deploy a further 25 OBS.

Other expeditions

2014

Learn about the research expeditions that are taking place upon the NOC based research vessels during 2014. Read more about 2014's expeditions

2013

Learn about the research expeditions that are taking place upon the NOC based research vessels during 2013. Read more about 2013's expeditions

2012

Learn about the research expeditions that took place upon the NOC based research vessels during 2012. Read more about 2012's expeditions



Home | Back to top


Information for…

Business

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.

More

Researchers

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.

More

Students

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.

More

Media

For any media or press enquiries to the National Oceanography Centre follow the more link below. Please note the centre's press office is staffed from 0830 to 1730, Monday to Friday.

More

Staff

NOC Staff can access the Intranet and Webmail resources at the following URLS.

Everyone

Follow what we are up to:

Follow NOCnews on Twitter Follow NOCSnews on Youtube Follow NOC on facebook

Delivery Partners

Delivery Partners helping to provide marine science national capability.

More

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.

More 

Library

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

More 

Principal scientists

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

More