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European Marine Board
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has reaffirmed its commitment to working alongside other European countries for the advancement of ocean science, by becoming one of the founding members of the reformed European Marine Board following its...
National Oceanography Centre
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has affirmed its decision to proceed to the next stage of a process considering changes in the ownership and governance of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). Natural Environment Research Council...
National Oceanography Centre
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has agreed to proceed to the next stage of a process considering changes in the ownership and governance of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). While no decision to change the status and move the...
Geraint West receives the 'International Maritime Partner' award on behalf of NOC
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton have been presented with the 'International Maritime Partner’ award at the annual ‘BlueTech & Blue Economy’ summit in San Diego, in order to...
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The National Oceanography Centre has joined a national charter to promote the recruitment, retention and career progression of women. NOC becomes the 115th member of the Athena SWAN Charter, which was set up to tackle the unequal representation...
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
The National Oceanography Centre's owner, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), is calling for evidence on potential ownership and governance structures for its research centres.   For more information see http://www....
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NERC is considering a merger of the scientific and logistics management of marine and polar science delivered through its National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and British Antarctic Survey (BAS). A marine and polar headquarters would deliver a single...
Professor Ian Boyd Defra's new Chief Scientific Adviser
The National Oceanography Centre has welcomed the appointment of Professor Ian Boyd as Defra’s new Chief Scientific Adviser. Professor Boyd, who is Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University of St Andrews, and the NERC Sea...
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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

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