Ocean Biogeochemistry & Ecosystems Group

The Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems Group addresses the ways in which the growth of biological communities in the ocean are regulated, the roles such communities play in the global climate system and the influence of global change on these communities. Read more →

Carbon and Nutrient Dynamics

Phytoplankton provide food for the entire marine food chain, produce much of the oxygen that we breathe and help to remove carbon dioxide.

Biophysical processes

The constant movement of the ocean's waters provide many benefits and challenges for organisms living within it

Microbial plankton

Since Earth's beginnings, microbial life has dominated the oceans and can influence changes in the atmosphere and climate

Deep seas

Despite its apparent distance from man's influence, the deep sea is as vulnerable to change as the shallower regions of the ocean


Export and particle flux

Microscopic plants grow in the upper sunlit zone of the ocean, the start of a complex range of interactions that constitute the marine food web.


We collaborate with the University of Southampton Ocean and Earth Science to undertake this science.

Projects and collaborations

Information about projects the Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems 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.

Information for…


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.



For any media or press enquiries to the National Oceanography Centre follow the more link below. Please note the centre's press office is staffed from 0830 to 1730, Monday to Friday.



NOC Staff can access the Intranet and Webmail resources at the following URLS.


Follow what we are up to:

Follow NOCnews on Twitter Follow NOCSnews on Youtube Follow NOC on facebook

Subscribe to our email alerts service:
NOCMail logo

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

All updated information for cruise participants can be found using the Marine Facilities Planning website: