Research expeditions

At any one time NOC scientists and technicians 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 Location Duration in days (begins) Aim
JC110 Jason Scott


November 2014


This cruise will trial the seismic systems required for JC114 and train staff in the operational deployment and maintenance of NMFSS seismic systems.

There is also a requirement to test and commission the hired EEL equipment with an EEL representative in attendance.

The intention is also to:

  • carry out multiple deployments of the Bolt airgun beam(s) and Sercel GI gun array for training purposes;
  • carry out deployments of the EEL multichannel seismic streamer at the two different lengths required for JC114 for test purposes and testing of that and the associated recording equipment.

RRS Discovery

Cruise Principal Scientist Location Duration in days (begins) Aim

Jonathan Sharples



November 2014

Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry 

This cruise is the 3rd of a series of dedicated research cruises focused on understanding the seasonal cycle of biological and chemical processing of the different forms of the nutrients and carbon.

We will measure the rates at which both the photosynthetic and consumer plankton incorporate nutrients and carbon into their cellular material, and subsequently how the combined activity of this biological/chemical system influences the cycling of the major elements. This will allow us to understand the ways in which the role of the shelf system in global cycles is maintained.


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)


DTG: 211114  1200

Zone: Z

Subj: PIM DY018


Posn: 49 24N 008 36w - CCS (Candy floss) science station Course/ Speed: Vessel on DP at science station


Wx: S 20 knots. Overcast with light rain, Slight/ Moderate seas 2m swell


Status:  3 x Moorings recovered yesterday PM. Bedframe and Temp chain moorings redeployed this morning


Intention: ADCP mooring still to be redeployed, but on hold due to technical problems with mooring. Vessel to either remain at site awaiting readiness of ADCP, or move off to locate and recover glider and wirewalker mooring.


Fuel: ROB 325mt



DTG: 211114  07:00

Zone: Z -4

Subj: PIM JC110


Posn: 10 54.4N  058 33.2W

Co: 270T

Spd: 8.5Kts


Wx: Ely 17knts. Mod Sea and Swell, Overcast and Raining


Status:  On passage to Gulf of Paria ETA 22/0830L.


Intention: Continue with passage to Gulf of Paria. On arrival commence Demob/Mob set up. 23/0600 move to anchor Pointe a Pierre for bunkers.


Fuel: ROB 193.5T


Other expeditions


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


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


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

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