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Earth - Ocean system

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The interactions between the oceans, atmosphere, land and ice.

Marine resources

wind turbine

Our oceans supply food, energy, minerals and metals.

Climate and sea level

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How the oceans both moderate and drive climate variability.

Seas under threat

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Human and climate impacts on the oceans drives changes in marine ecosystems.

Life in the oceans

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The diversity of marine life in the oceans and on the sea floor.

Marine hazards

Oil slick on the surface of water

Waves and storms are an ever present risk for coastal communities and those working at sea.

Projects and collaborations

Collaboration with world leading groups, including significant partnering with the universities of Southampton and Liverpool, is the core of our marine research and technology endeavour. 

EU projects

On the European stage NOC plays an active role in EU and European Space Agency (ESA) projects.

International projects

The NOC seeks to collaborate with leading marine science and technology research groups throughout the world.

Research Groups

Although a great deal of marine research carried out at NOC is interdisciplinary, its success relies upon bringing together marine scientists with strong disciplinary skills.
The five research groups at NOC are centered around disciplines and ensure that we have the depth of knowledge and capability in each of these areas. Select the links below to find out more about our science and technology research groups.

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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.



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.



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.



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Delivery Partners

Delivery Partners helping to provide marine science national capability.


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.



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


Principal scientists

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