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 we’ve learned carry forward to each generation of ocean-going platforms and sensors.
Our enduring mission is to ‘Make Sense of Changing Seas’
The National Oceanography Centre, existing in its various forms for over six decades, is one of the largest charities in the UK with an annual turnover of over £60 million and employs over 600 staff. It is one of the few research organisations globally that has the equipment and expertise to operate at full ocean depth.
We make sense of the changing seas, on which future human prosperity and wellbeing depend.
Under the Surface
Journey beneath the surface of our amazing ocean to discover the Big Science we’re undertaking to tackle the Big Challenges facing the ocean. Take a close look at the research and innovation that can protect our ocean, planet and people.
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
A gift allows you to have a direct impact on world leading ocean research and innovationMore about giving
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.
26 March 2021
The National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Royal Research Ship Discovery left Southampton, on 25 March 2021, for an expedition to the...
23 March 2021
The ocean plays a vital role in sustaining life on Earth, regulating our climate and providing us with living resources, such as food. A new fleet of...
19 March 2021
An ambitious new project being led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) to improve the autonomy and perception of robotic underwater vehicles in...
16 March 2021
The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) announced this week the launch of their inaugural Marine Autonomy Challenge which aims to encourage young...
16 March 2021
Next-generation maritime training expert SeaBot XR is teaming up with the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Royal Navy, and other...
1 March 2021
Scientists have created a set of unique guidelines for image-based species identification to improve biodiversity data collection. Led by Dr Tammy...
Latest PublicationsSee all
Local and remote influences on the heat content of Southern Ocean mode water formation regions
NOC GNSS-R Global ocean wind speed and sea-ice products using data from the techdemosat-1 mission
Multiscale characterisation of chimneys/pipes: fluid escape structures within sedimentary basins
Mixing and transformation in a deep western boundary current: A case study