Dr Stephanie Henson Collectively, they provide around half of the oxygen in the air that we breathe;  they have removed around one-third of the human-produced carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, holding back runaway climate change;  and...
Ericthonius tolli
Thirty amphipod experts have been lined up to improve and update the information held in the World Amphipoda database. The aim is to equip the myriad of end-users with the tools and information to identify and differentiate between amphipod species...
Burn Wire Release The most reliable method of releasing the CR200 release has been the Pyrolease, which employs thermite to melt an alloy rod allowing the release to open. They are used in pairs and are currently made under license for...
The new design is the latest in long line of successful underwater camera systems designed by NOCS engineers. Featuring industrial standard low power microprocessor technology providing electronic reliability, combined with high quality...
Bathysnap is a unique free-fall camera and current meter system which can operate on the deep sea floor for periods of over 1 year. It repeatedly photographs 2m2 of the sea bed at a preset frame interval and records the current speed and...
In addition to more standard equipment, a range of advanced facilities are available to OBE researchers: Clean laboratory (contact Prof Peter Statham) Coral Reef laboratory (contact Prof Jörg Wiedenmann) Discovery Collections (contact Dr...
The team alongside CCGS Hudson
A team of UK scientists have embarked on a shipboard expedition to the Labrador Sea aboard the research vessel CCGS Hudson, to further understanding of how carbon dioxide is locked away from the atmosphere by ocean processes. Led by Dr Stephanie...
Fossil and modern coccolithophore cells of species Toweius pertusus and Coccolithus pelagicus. Courtesy of Paul Bown,UCL
Microscopic ocean algae called coccolithophores are providing clues about the impact of climate change both now and many millions of years ago. The study found that their response to environmental change varies between species, in terms of how...
University of Southampton As a hosting partner of the National Oceanography Centre, the University of Southampton enjoys a collaborative and multidisciplinary relationship with NERC colleagues based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton...
The Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems (OBE) 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...

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