• image desc Ocean models Using numerical ocean models, we simulate the global ocean circulation from the surface to the abyss.

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Our research in this area is important in several areas of marine science. Only by modelling the world'soceans can we get an idea of the big picture and understand what is happening to the planet.

Dr.Adrian New, Head of Marine Systems Modelling Group

Marine Systems Modelling Group

The Marine Systems Modelling (MSM) group are world-leaders in numerical modelling of the global oceans and shelf seas. This includes modelling the ocean circulation and heat transport, marine ecosystems, sea-ice, turbulence, surface waves, sediment transport, tides and storm surges.
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Shelf & coastal processes

Using models to understand physical processes, and their linkages to biogeochemistry, within shelf and coastal seas.

Biogeochemical models

We use marine ecosystem models as a means of understanding and predicting the role and importance of living systems in the ocean.

Shelf & coastal impacts

We are concerned with how climate change and human activities impact on coastal and shelf seas.

Climate & uncertainty

We are interested in what causes errors to appear and grow in climate model based predictions of future climate change?

Global modelling

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The global high resolution ocean modelling group develop numerical global ocean models to study the ocean dynamics.

High performance computing

We use high performance computers to undertake model studies and use ocean observing technologies to validate and improve these models.

Projects and collaborations

Information about projects the Marine Systems Modelling 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.



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