ocean floor

Robots help to map England’s only deep-water Marine Conservation Zone

An orange Roughy in a coral reef taken by the Isis ROV

The first true three-dimensional picture of submarine canyon habitats has been produced using a unique combination of marine robotics and ship-based measurements.

Is AMOC amok?

Depoying a RAPID mooring

A decade of research on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), which is important for understanding the climate, reveals some surprising findings about its behaviour.

‘Slides in the Deep’ expedition blog now live

‘Slides in the Deep’ expedition

A team of UK scientists is sailing to the site of prehistoric underwater landslides near the Arctic Circle. They are posting their daily reports on a daily blogsite slidesinthedeep.blogspot.co.uk.

National Oceanography Centre wins €1.8 million grant to explore the deep ocean floor for minerals

Robotic Underwater Vehicle (RUV) HyBIS (Photo courtesy of NOC)

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has been awarded €1.8 million to study massive sulphide deposits on floor of the Atlantic Ocean, three kilometres beneath the surface. The research is part of a wider, international programme to assess seafloor mineral resources that has received €10 million funding from the European Commission.

NOC scientists explore world’s largest undersea canyon

Recovering TOBI

A joint British-German team has returned from a five-week research expedition, mapping and sampling a giant submarine canyon off northwest Morocco. The expedition was on the German research vessel, Maria S Merian.

‘Titanic seabed’ expedition will unlock secrets of prehistoric climate change

JOIDES Resolution

Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton will be joining a North Atlantic deep-sea drilling expedition that aims to uncover the secrets of the world’s climate system during the last period of ‘extreme warmth’, which occurred over 30 million years ago.

Final report from IODP leg 340

JOIDES Resolution, with Martinique in the background

We have just left the waters of Martinique at the start of our two day transit to our final port of Curacao - and so ends our six week sojourn in the sunny Caribbean.

Report number 5 from IODP leg 340

Easter at sea

We are now approaching the last week of the expedition and this time next week we will (hopefully!) be relaxing in the hotel bar in Curacao.

Report number 4 from IODP leg 340

End of core section on catwalk

There are a total of about 120 people on board the Joides Resolution, with scientists making up about a quarter of the crew. The scientific party is divided into two shifts – one half from midnight to midday, and the other covering the day shift – that are essentially mirror images of each other.

Report number 3 from IODP leg 340

The picture shows Pete Talling from NOC logging a section of hemipelagic sediment (pale layers), volcanic turbidites

We are now at the halfway point in the cruise and focused on the drill sites off of Martinique. However, Montserrat is still very much on our minds.