Long-term observations hold the key to climate change impact assessment

ODAS buoy 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.

Ocean currents to be tracked from space

Earth from space (credit: NASA)

A new method of tracking ocean currents from space has been developed by NASA scientists and verified using data from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

Science meets art to bring sea-level rise to the country’s highest residents

Colne Rising guided walk

The National Oceanography Centre has lent its expertise to the creation of a fictitious story where rising sea levels due to climate change, and the equinox brings a massive flood to one of the highest areas of the country.

Impacts of extreme North Atlantic winter cooling

Extreme weather at sea (image: Ben Moat)

Carbon Capture and Storage safety investigated

Monitoring by divers (credit: 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 CO2 leakage.

Marine monitoring to help protect lives at sea


In order to save lives at sea, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is joining six research organisations to provide a world-class marine monitoring and forecasting service, which could be used to improve marine rescue operations.

Global climate on verge of multi-decadal change

The RAPID array being deployed

The importance of buckets to climate science

Infrared picture of the canvas bucket filled with warm water

NOC research on the effect of buckets on climatic data was featured in the recent BBC documentary ‘Climate Change by Numbers’, which framed the science of climate change using three numbers.

Historic tide gauge data to shed light on ancient tsunamis

UKHO Tide gauge at Gibraltar (in operation until 2000), similar in operation to the gauge at Malta

By restoring historic tide gauge data from Malta and making it available to the public, researchers at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the UKHO hope to shed new light on past tsunamis and climate change in the Mediterranean.

Scampi larvae behaviour influences chances of survival

Trajectories of 24 passive particles released in the western Irish Sea during spring 2005