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






April 2016


The ship will passage from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Southampton. 

RRS Discovery

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

Mark Stinchcombe

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Northeast Atlantic





April 2016

Biogeochemistry at the PAP sustained observatory 

This application is for a cruise which supports the sustained observatory at the PAP site and which continues the observations of the oceanography at this location in the sub-polar gyre and the processes which occur there. A crucial part of the cruise is to recover the moorings which comprise the observatory and which were deployed in June 2015 and to deploy a new set of moorings. In addition to this, scientists from across Europe who have expertise in water column and benthic biology and biogeochemistry will make observations which complement the data obtained by the observatory and which cannot be made autonomously such as rate processes (eg primary production, zooplankton feeling etc) and sampling which cannot be done autonomously such as benthic trawling and coring. 

Further information can be found here and here.

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:  260416  08:00

Zone: Z

Subj: PIM DY050


Pos: 49 03N  016 18W

Co:  DP Autopos

Spd: DP Autopos


Wx: NW F4. Cloduy, fine and clear. Low seas.

Status: Scientific operations at PAP - Deploymnet of PAP1 ODAS Buoy.

Intentions: Continue with science ops at PAP - Pelagra deployments/recoveries, Snowcatchers, SAPS, Multicore, trawling and mooring recoveries/deployments.


DTG: 220416 0930

Zone: A

Subj: PIM JC135


Posn: 49 44N 004 30W

Co: 064T

SPD: 11 Kts


WX: ESE 15kts, low sea and swell, fog

Status: On passage to Southampton. ETA pilots 2200 Standard email and telephone comms remain offline.

FO ROB: 604t


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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