Research and Technology 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 centred 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.

Marine Geoscience

Our Marine Geoscientists undertake multi-disciplinary studies of seafloor and sub-seafloor environments across the globe

Marine Physics and Ocean Climate

The Marine Physics and Ocean Climate (MPOC) research group studies fundamental physical processes in the marine environment

Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems

Studying ocean physics, chemistry and biology to understand the controls on biogeochemistry and biodiversity in the oceans

Ocean Technology and Engineering

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What instruments do we use to explore the ocean? Read about the equipment we design, build and use at sea.

Marine Systems Modelling

The Marine Systems Modelling (MSM) group are world-leaders in numerical modelling of the global oceans and shelf seas.

Collaborative Groups

Our scientists collaborate with colleagues in universities, industry groups and other research institutions worldwide


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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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