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
JC109 Christine Peirce



October 2014


Role and Extent of Detachment Faulting at slow-spreading mid-ocean ridge

The primary purpose of this cruise is to recover an array of 25 ocean-bottom seismographs (OBS) which were deployed in April 2014 on JC102. These instruments will then be serviced and prepared for another upcoming cruise onboard RRS James Cook in December 2014 (JC112).

RRS Discovery

Cruise Principal Scientist Location Duration in days (begins) Aim

Stuart Painter



October 2014

Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry Outer Hebrides Process Study 

This cruise was requested to allow sampling on the NW European shelf west of the Outer Hebrides to provide important spatial data on dissolved inorganic carbon and nutrient concentrations and local currents in a key region of the shelf thus complementing efforts to estimate the size of the shelf sea carbon pump.


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: 211014 08:00

Zone: Z+1

Subject: PIM DY017


Pos: 51 25N  006 00W (23' SSW of The Smalls)

Co: 320

Spd: 7kts


Wx: NWxW 40-45kts. Cloudy and clear. V. Rough Seas.

Status: On passage to DY017 work area - Outer Hebrides.

Intentions: ETA 1st work station (North of Lewis) Thursday 23-OCT-14 p.m.


DTG: 211014  08:00

Zone: Z -1

Subj: PIM JC109


Posn: 30 15.7N  019 13.1W

Co: 236

Spd: 10.0


Wx: S'ly 25knts. Cloudy, Moderate Sea, Confused Moderate Swell.

Status:  On passage to Atlantic Ridge.

Intention:  ETA to Atlantic Ridge Sunday 26th October.  Once swell decreases in the coming days we will go onto three engines.

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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