Marine Geoscience Group

The NOC Marine Geoscience group undertakes multi-disciplinary studies of seafloor and sub-seafloor environments throughout the World’s oceans, from the poles to the tropics and from the coast to the deepest trench. The group has an international reputation for research excellence based on technical innovation and the application of those techniques to applied research in marine science. By integrating cutting-edge technology with advanced mapping and observational techniques, NOC geoscientists are able to address major societal and environmental issues across the World's oceans.

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Marine geochemistry

We identify, quantify and monitor the interactions between the oceans, the Earth’s interior, the continents, atmosphere and biosphere.

Seafloor and habitat mapping

We undertake seafloor and habitat mapping in any part of the ocean, at any water depth, covering all habitats from the seafloor to the sea surface.

Marine geophysics

Sub-seafloor geological processes - greenhouse gas flux and natural resources.

Geohazards and sedimentology

We study underwater landslides and flows of sediment across the ocean floor, and their potential for creating geohazards.


We collaborate with colleagues in the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences to do this science.


Access on-line ArcGIS of survey data acquired by the Marine Geoscience Group.

Projects and collaborations

Information about projects the Marine Geoscience group are involved in -


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.


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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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