Marine hazards

The National Oceanography Centre's science is focused on addressing the big issues impacting our planet. Storm surges and tsunamis are two dramatic events that can have lasting and damaging effects on our coastal landscapes and the communities living there, but everyday processes such as long-term coastal erosion can be equally devastating.


Millions of people worldwide live on or near the coast, where the threat of flooding is always a risk


Extreme waves are a hazard both at the coast and at sea, with the potential for coastal erosion, flooding, and overtopping of sea-defences.

Coastal erosion

Managing erosion is of great importance, because changes in natural defense can lead to an increased risk of coastal flooding.


Ocean biohazards include natural phenomena such as harmful algal blooms, which can be highly poisonous to both man and marine wildlife


Submarine geohazards can pose a significant risk to life and property, as seen in the 2004 Indian Ocean and 2011 Japan tsunamis.

Technology used

Technology plays a key role in detecting and monitoring marine hazards around the world

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.


Research Groups

Click on the links below to find out more about the NOC science and technology group's involvement in 'Marine hazards' research

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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: