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
JC106 Colm O Cofaigh

British and Irish Continental Shelf


July 2014


BRITICE-CHRONO - rates and style of ice sheet retreat: collapse, punctuated or steady 

Cruise JC106 is part of the research programme BRITICE-CHRONO: constraining rates and style of marine-influenced ice sheet decay” and is the first of two cruises on the RRS James Cook which make up the marine component of this programme.

The first of these cruises will be to the Celtic and Irish seas, the northern approaches to the Barra Fan, and the NW and western Irish shelf. The second cruise will take place in 2015 to the North Sea and northern Britain.

During the cruises geophysical data in the form of multibeam echo sounder and sub-bottom profiler data will be collected and will be used to identify targets for coring. Coring will utilise a British Geological Survey 6 m long vibrocorer system and NOC 10 m piston corer.

RRS Discovery

Cruise Principal Scientist Location Duration in days (begins) Aim

Richard Sanders

Celtic Sea



The objective of this expedition is to undertake a tidal resuspension study using the marine snowcatchers, deploy and recover CTD's and undergo various sediment coring exercises. This cruise will also provide a training opportunity for a number of students. 

This cruise is funded under the Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry research programme


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: 220814 1130

Zone: UTC+1

Posn: 49 24N 008 35W

Co: N/A

Spd: 0kts


Wx: NW 14kts, low sea and swell

Status: on station at Candyfloss preparing T-chain mooring deployment

Intentions: complete Candyfloss station; T-chain and ADCP mooring deployment, guardbuoy recovery and re-deployment. Current ETD 1200 230814

Fuel ROB: 268t


DTG: 220814  08:45

Zone: Z

Subj: PIM JC106


Posn: 52 07.2N  011 13.0W

Co: 137T

Spd: 10.0Kts


Wx: NNW x 10Kts. Cloudy, short sea, short low Swell.

Status: Swath Survey

Intention: Continue Swath Survey and Vibro Coring until 0800/23rd and then commence passage to Southampton.

Fuel Oil ROB = 157T

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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