Our research in this area is important in several areas of marine science. Earth systems are changing and we need to know how and why.
Earth - Ocean system
Earth system science studies the physical, chemical and biological interactions between the atmosphere, seas, land, ice and the earths interior. We refer to these as the 'five components of the Earth system'. In taking this 'system science approach' we recognise that the behaviour of the oceans, for example, is strongly influenced by the coupling with the other four components of the Earth system. The Earth System science approach is at the heart of climate prediction.
Projects and collaborations
The NOC plays a lead role in the Met Office - NERC 'Earth System Modelling Strategy' and the Met Office 'Joint Weather and Climate Research Programme' (JWCRP), by developing state-of-the-art ocean circulation and marine ecosystem models for weather and climate prediction.
Click on the links below to find out more about the NOC science and technology group's involvement in Earth - Ocean System research