Marine Physics & Ocean Climate Group

The Marine Physics and Ocean Climate (MPOC) research group studies fundamental physical processes in the marine environment and their connection with, and influence on, the rest of the Earth system. Our research spans microscopic to global scales, extends from the coast to the abyssal ocean, and includes boundary layer interactions with the both the atmosphere and the sea bed. Read more →

Sea level & ocean climate

Global sea level is rising at a rate of 2-3mm per year and it poses considerable threat to coastal populations.

Surface processes

interaction between the ocean and atmosphere is the study of those processes driving air-sea exchange of heat, salt, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases

Coastal ocean processes

Shelf seas – the shallow seas closest to our continents – are a vital component of the ocean system.

Ocean circulation & processes

The role of ocean physics and circulation in climate and, in particular, the connections with the atmosphere, ice-covered regions and the marine biogeochemical system.

Satellite oceanography

With their near global coverage, satellites provide a unique view of the surface properties of the ocean.

Boundary layer and sediment transport

Coasts are projected to be exposed to increased risk due to impact of climate change on coastal erosion.

Projects and collaborations

Information about projects the Marine Physics and Ocean Climate 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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