Science Impacts

By 2050 the global population is expected to reach 9 billion. This rapid population growth, taking place against a backdrop of global warming, is creating unprecedented challenges for food and energy security. The ocean will play an important role in the solutions to these challenges and research conducted by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is contributing to this work of major societal importance. The NOC is also addressing the question of whether the frequency and intensity of marine hazards such as coastal flooding due to storm surges will increase as the climate warms. Research at NOC is called upon to inform public policy. The marine technologies we develop at NOC to support our science are frequently transferred to business and industry

Ocean stewardship

The oceans require careful management to ensure their sustainability.

Business and Innovation

Science can lead to cutting edge discoveries that have applications in the business and technology sectors.

Informing policy

The UK marine community provides evidence-based information to help design and implement effective marine environmental legislation.

Oceans and Climate

The oceans play an important role in driving climate change.

Marine management

Scientists provide advice and data to UK marine management organisations which aids administration of major marine projects.

All case studies

For quick reference, this listing includes all the science impacts case studies.

Marine hazards

Researchers are working to enhance global preparedness for major geohazards including earthquakes and tsunami.

Marine renewable energy

The UK is leading efforts to harvest clean renewable energy from the ocean to help reduce carbon emissions.

Public interest and engagement

Communicating information about research and technology helps maintain public awareness of marine issues.

Information for…


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

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