Ocean could hold the key to predicting recurring extreme winters

Extreme weather

Research at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) may help to predict extreme winters across Europe by identifying the set of environmental conditions that are associated with pairs of severe winters across consecutive years.

New study explains the role of oceans in global ‘warming hiatus’

Earth from space: the North Atlantic, Tropical Pacific and Southern Ocean emerge as key areas involved in heat drawdown during the hiatus (

New research, by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre, shows that ocean heat uptake across three oceans is the likely cause of the ‘warming hiatus’ – the current decade-long slowdown in global surface warming.

Frozen sea samples link climate, chemistry and carbon

Map of sampled areas

Thousands of sea water samples are being collected by research vessels around the British Isles as part of an 18 month study of how much carbon dioxide is taken up (and released) in UK waters.

World-first experiment on a controlled sub-seabed CO2 leak demonstrates minimal environmental impact and rapid recovery

Monitoring of a small-scale carbon dioxide leak during the experiment

This week an international team of leading scientists, including three from NOC, have published results of the first ever sub-sea carbon dioxide impact, detection and monitoring experiment relevant to Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) in sub-seabed storage reservoirs.

NOC researcher awarded

Dr Elizabeth Kent being presented with the Adrian Gill Prize by Professor Joanna Haigh, President of the RMS

The Royal Meteorological Society (RMS) has presented Dr Elizabeth Kent with the prestigious Adrian Gill Prize at its Annual General Meeting in London this month.

Trailblazing research project reaches ten-year milestone

Deploying a new replacement mooring – scientists will extract the data when it is recovered later (courtesy of Ben Moat)

The National Oceanography Centre’s remarkable RAPID project has reached a landmark ten years of continuous scientific measurement and knowledge advancement of a key component of the climate system.

Climate Engineering – What do the public think?

Mine dumps at the Skouriotissa Copper Mine looking towards the Troodos Mountains, Cyprus (photo: Dave Craw)

Members of the public have a negative view of climate engineering, the deliberate large-scale manipulation of the environment to counteract climate change, according to a new study.

Major reductions in seafloor marine life from climate change by 2100

Large animals (megafauna), such as this hydroid Corymorpha glacialis, are projected to suffer major declines

A new study quantifies for the first time future losses in deep-sea marine life, using advanced climate models. Results show that even the most remote deep-sea ecosystems are not safe from the impacts of climate change.

Antarctic fjords are diversity hotspots in a rapidly warming region

Andvord Bay, Antarctica – fjord hotspot of seafloor marine life (credit: Craig Smith, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa)

Rapid climate change is threatening marine communities, but scientists have found that marine life is flourishing in Antarctic fjords despite warming in the region.

New generation of climate models capable of simulating abrupt climate change

Sea ice

Scientists have, for the first time, demonstrated that climate models are able to simulate past abrupt changes in the Earth’s climate – giving more confidence in predictions of future global climate change.