Science and Research
Our planet is constantly changing and climate change poses a big threat to society.
With years of experience, innovative technology and some of the world’s leading scientists, we take on the challenge of understanding the complexity of our oceans, the Earth system and biosphere.
The NOC is a pioneer of ocean technology – pushing the boundaries of endurance and capability with every deployment. Through decades of hard-won experience at the forefront of ocean measurement, the lessons learned carry forward to each generation of ocean-going platforms and sensors.
By gaining a deeper knowledge of the ocean, we help every living thing on our planet flourish
As we grow into the role of an independent research organisation, we have evolved our brand to tell a more compelling, differentiating story with clarity of purpose and a distinctive look that takes inspiration from the ocean to enthuse, engage and enrol. Our aim at NOC is to build a world where everyone feels empowered and inspired to help our oceans thrive.Introduction to the new NOC brand
A gift allows you to have a direct impact on world leading ocean research and innovationMore about giving
Under the Surface
Discover the Big Science we’re undertaking to meet the Big Challenges facing the ocean. Find out about the research and innovation that can protect our ocean, planet and people.
Into the Blue Podcast
Into the Blue, a new podcast produced by the National Oceanography Centre, will dive deeper into a variety of hot topics relating to oceanography with a diverse selection of scientists who are all helping to enhance our knowledge of the ocean.Watch or listen to the podcasts
NOC Annual Report and Finances 2020–2021
This is our second annual report, but this last year has been anything but routine. The new NOC is taking shape, with strong governance established and new funding streams being developed. The charity is stable and well, despite the challenges of COVID-19.View the NOC Annual Report and Finances 2020–2021
The NOC provides Facilities to the UK Marine Research Community
Advances in ocean science depend on measurements in the ocean. Satellite observations provide data for the surface layer of the ocean. To penetrate beyond the surface, scientists rely on in situ physical measurements from a range of platforms, including research ships, ocean observatories, moorings, and autonomous underwater and surface vehicles.More about Facilities
World-leading innovative Science and Technology underpinning the Ocean Economy
The National Oceanography Centre is in a unique position of having world-leading multi-disciplinary scientific and technical expertise which can help unlock the economic and societal potential of the ocean across a range of industry sectors.Working with Business
In the Spotlight
Understanding the extent and implications of microplastic pollution on marine ecosystems health.
RRS James Cook Virtual Tour
Explore one of the world’s most advanced research vessels from bridge to engine room.
Our new innovative autonomous vehicles, sensors and software push the boundaries of ocean exploration (UK Govt. – Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund).
‘Addressing marine ecosystems and food security’
A free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) available via Future Learn.
NewsSee all News
New report predicts UK oceans to warm by more than 3 degrees by 2100
The last 40 years have seen temperatures in UK seas rise by more than a degree. UK seas are predicted to warm by more than 3 degrees by 2100. Large increase in marine heatwaves can have profound effects on global marine ecosystems. Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC)...
Scientist Spotlight – Extreme weather science with Dr Kiko Calafat23 March 2023
Extreme sea-level events are an ever-growing threat to coastal communities across our planet due to rising seas. NOC scientists are at the cutting...
Paving the way for international world leading science research expeditions20 March 2023
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is set to manage multiple international world leading science research expeditions in 2023. Recent...
NOC comments on new High Seas Treaty7 March 2023
Following reports on the signing of the High Seas Treaty, NOC’s Alan Evans Member of the UK Delegation at the negotiations, gave this comment...
NOC provides evidence to key marine climate change report21 February 2023
Scientists have contributed to a new report by the UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP). Key findings have been shared on ocean...
New expedition seeks to reduce risk of extracting metals on the sea floor20 February 2023
SMARTEX is one of several NOC projects endorsed as a UN Ocean Decade Action, part of our commitment to the United Nation Sustainable...
Scientist Spotlight – Meet Ocean Modeller Dr Michela De Dominicis8 February 2023
Our pioneering Marine Systems Modelling (MSM) scientists develop and use innovative, state-of-the-art ocean models to better understand and...
Latest PublicationsSee all Publications
Vertical imbalance in organic carbon budgets is indicative of a missing vertical transfer during a phytoplankton bloom near...
Reproducible and relocatable regional ocean modelling: Fundamentals and practices
Satellite remote sensing of surface winds, waves, and currents: Where are we now?
Benchmarking of automatic quality control checks for ocean temperature profiles and recommendations for optimal sets