Our research in this area is important in several areas of marine science. We need use the oceans and their resources more, now and in the future.

Dr Kevin Horsburgh, NOC


Marine resources

The ocean environment holds a wealth of resources that we rely on, from fuel sources to food supplies. Most of our oil and gas reserves lie beneath the sea floor, and many are yet to be discovered. In the future more electricity will be generated from waves, tidal currents, tidal barrages and offshore wind. Exhausted offshore oil and gas wells will be used to store the carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels. Around the world more people are relying on food from our seas and oceans.


Energy from our oceans is largely untapped. Could our oceans provide a reliable energy source for the future?

Carbon capture and storage

Can we safely store carbon dixoide - a by-product of burning fossil fuels - beneath the seafloor?


More and more people around the world are relying on the oceans for food. Is this sustainable?

Marine space

The oceans are under increasing pressure from human activity. How can we manage marine space?

Minerals and products

Rich deposits of minerals can be found on or beneath the seafloor - a valuable resource as metal prices increase

Technology used

As use of our oceans increases and expands, specialist technology capable of operating in this environment is in demand

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 Resources 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

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