climate

NOC ecosystem model chosen for UK environmental strategy

Observed vs MEDUSA-simulated primary production for northern summer (top) and northern winter (bottom) [from Yool et al., 2013]

A computer model that predicts how marine ecosystems will change into the future, developed by researchers at the National Oceanography Centre, will contribute to UK assessments of future environmental change, as well as the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report.

Measuring the impact of breaking waves on climate change

NOC’s Spar Buoy being deployed off the coast of Newfoundland (courtesy: Ian Brooks)

An ocean buoy developed by the National Oceanography Centre is currently measuring the characteristics of waves breaking in the open ocean off the coast of Newfoundland. The findings will feed into assessments of how gas and aerosol exchange at the surface of the ocean impacts climate change.

New IPCC climate projections: Implications for marine ecosystems

Both shallow and deep-sea habitats will be affected by climate change (credit: NOAA HURL Archives)

An ambitious new study describes how changes in ocean properties – predicted by models developed for the latest IPCC report – may adversely impact marine ecosystems and human populations reliant on ocean productivity.

Space agency launches lesson-writing competition

European Space Agency's satellites (credit: ESA)

An international lesson-writing competition was launched recently by the European Space Agency’s LearnEO! project, which is hosted by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

NOC contributes to key climate report

Carbon dioxide map

National Oceanography Centre researchers have contributed to The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which has just been published.

Surface ocean carbon dioxide mapped

The new RRS Discovery will serve as a platform for ocean observations

Details of a new atlas that maps surface ocean carbon dioxide levels across the Earth have been released by an international team of marine carbon researchers.

Scientists discover new variability in iron supply to the oceans with climate implications

Phytoplankton bloom in western South Atlantic Ocean (credit: NASA)

The supply of dissolved iron to oceans around continental shelves has been found to be more variable by region than previously believed – with implications for future climate prediction.

European winter weather harder to forecast in certain years

Widespread snowfall over UK in December 2010 (credit NASA / Jeff Schmaltz)

Weather forecasters have a tougher job predicting winter conditions over Europe in some years over others, concludes a new study carried out by the National Oceanography Centre.

UK scientists team up with Canadians in Arctic expedition

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.

Marking Earth Day with Thin Ice

Thin Ice release

The film Thin Ice – The Inside Story of Climate Science was released on Monday 22 April. The launch coincides with Earth Day, a global campaign to raise awareness of environmental issues and climate change.