Ocean Technology and Engineering

The most important advances in oceanography have come from new technologies that enable us to make measurements in new ways or get to previously inaccessible places. Read more

Observing systems

Clusters of instruments within the ocean record data for our scientists.

Instruments & Sensors

Sensors do the difficult job of converting a quantity we wish to measure into an electical signal.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Group designs and developments the equipment we use.


Talking to our equipment using satellites, the Internet and underwater communications.


Other institutes we have worked with.

The Centre for Marine Microsystems

The multidisciplinary centre opened in 2008 and coordinates the development of robust high performance metrology systems for use in oceanographic science. The Centre is funded by NERC, EPSRC and the seventh European Framework Programme.

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Technology groups

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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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