CURRENT EXPEDITIONS RRS James Cook and RRS Discovery are both currently undergoing refit works. See the expedition pages for more information. RRS James Cook and the Blue Mining The Blue Mining project is an ambitious €12M international...
ODAS buoy
Update – 17 July 2014 Everything is still going very well onboard the Meteor cruise 108 to the PAP observatory, however the workload is heavy for the team as there are not many people on board. The main observatory PAP1 has been deployed...
Slides in the Deep
A team of UK scientists is sailing to the site of prehistoric underwater landslides near the Arctic Circle. They are posting their daily reports on a daily blogsite: The scientists are aboard the Dutch research...
This is one carwash your vehicle wouldn’t survive… The ‘Carwash’ is a feature known as a hydrothermal vent chimney, located on the deep seafloor in the Southern Ocean, at a depth of around 2,400 metres. Hydrothermal vents...
This coccolithophore Michaelsarsia elegans was floating at 65 metres deep in the South Atlantic Ocean when it was collected by scientists during a ship-board research expedition. These tiny marine algae play an important role in the Earth’s...
The skies at NOC’s Southampton site were invaded by an octocopter this morning – to get some aerial images of the centre for the Massive Open Online Course ‘Exploring our Oceans’. It also captured the new Royal Research...
  Professor Rachel Mills (University of Southampton) and Dr Will Homoky (University of Oxford) demonstrate to the cameras some fundamental oceanographic principles for an online course – using a bucket and a hose. Filming for a...
NOC’s remotely operated vehicle Isis snaps a shrimp scuttling passed fossilised coral on the deep seafloor at the Carter seamount in the Atlantic Ocean. The dive is part of the TrOPiCS research expedition – Tracing Ocean Processes...
Today the Royal Research Ship Discovery was officially named by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. Photo courtesy of Steve Hall.  
When new vessels visit a port first time it is customary to exchange ship and port plaques. Today this traditional swap took place for the new Royal Research Ship Discovery, as it has now arrived in the Port of Southampton. Associated British...

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