Methane hydrate recovered from ocean sediments off Svalbard
NOC scientists have contributed to the publication of an authoritative new report on the impacts of ocean warming on species, ecosystems, and ocean ‘goods and services,’ such as carbon management, fisheries and coastal protection....
The M,V ShengKing
Measuring devices being installed on a cargo ship will provide oceanographers with vital data on the oceans’ ability to slow the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as part of a major new collaboration between industry and the...
William J. Baxter and Virgil Partch, “Warmer Weather! . . . Boom in North” (New York: International Economic Research Bureau, 19
The uncertainty associated with projections of end-of-century global warming by Earth System Models (ESM’s) can be understood in terms of two components, according to research by NOC scientist Tom Anderson (with co-workers Ed Hawkins and Phil...
Bournemouth in the heatwave of 2012
A new link between the development of heat waves over Central and Western Europe and temperatures in the North Atlantic has been discovered by scientists from the National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton. This finding may be...
The ocean
To investigate why the global warming trend varies from decade to decade, scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will work alongside those from nine other research organisations as part of a major new multidisciplinary research...
RAPID buoys
The Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) presented the new observational strategy at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday ahead of the annual meeting of the organisation. The meeting brought together the directors of 40...
ODAS bouy being deployed
Most ocean data sets are far too short for the accurate detection of trends resulting from global climate change, according to research published today in the journal Global Change Biology.  This study, by scientists at the National...
Extreme weather at sea – image: Ben Moat
New research has revealed the impact on the North Atlantic of severe ocean surface heat loss during the extreme winter 2013-14. The research by scientists at the NOC, University of Southampton and Imperial College London has just been published and...
Flood levels
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Liverpool have developed a new visualisation tool to predict the maximum cost of coastal flooding to communities around estuaries. This method, published in PLOS One, works by combining...
This image is credited to Henrik Stahl of SAMS
A significant step has been made for potential Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) deployment, with the publication of the results from the world's first experiment into the realistic simulation of the potential environmental impact of a submarine...

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