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.
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
Our enduring mission is to ‘Make Sense of Changing Seas’
The National Oceanography Centre, existing in its various forms for over six decades, is the UK’s leading ocean science charity, employing 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
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.
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.
5 July 2022
During last week’s UN Ocean Conference, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and...
30 June 2022
DY152 is the highly anticipated expedition to complete final deep-sea tests of our newest ocean robots, sensors and control software. A...
30 June 2022
MATS is a key event in the marine technology calendar, attracting delegates from around the world. In 2021 we saw 31 insightful presentations across...
28 June 2022
A world-first study led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) following research off the coast of Scotland suggests that storing carbon dioxide (...
27 June 2022
Teams led by NERC research centres will receive funding to tackle six critical environmental science challenges facing the UK This will enable...
24 June 2022
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the University of Southampton’s Centre for Global Constitutionalism co-hosted a lively panel...
Latest PublicationsSee all Publications
Carbon and lipid contents of the copepod Calanus finmarchicus entering diapause in the Fram Strait and their contribution to...
Sea ice floe size: Its impact on pan-Arctic and local ice mass and required model complexity
The CISE-LOCEAN seawater isotopic database (1998–2021)
The International Bathymetric Chart of the Southern Ocean Version 2 (IBCSO v2)