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 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
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.
16 May 2022
In a ground-breaking study, scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have used Artificial Intelligence (AI) to connect ocean physics...
27 April 2022
Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have recently discovered large seagrass beds where coral reefs might have been expected off...
21 April 2022
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has led a study to investigate gaps in knowledge of the biological carbon pump, in the hope of prioritising...
20 April 2022
A study is underway on the Isle of Man to investigate, for the first time, the Island’s marine and coastal role in storing carbon to help...
13 April 2022
A mini boat built by students from King Edward VI School in Southampton has been recovered off the coast of Brazil after 46 days at sea, as part of a...
6 April 2022
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) recently led a stakeholder roundtable discussion on “Finding the common cause – how can developers...
Latest PublicationsSee all Publications
Kinetic energy transfers between mesoscale and submesoscale motions in the open ocean’s upper layers
Mechanisms of ocean heat uptake along and across isopycnals
Modelling the effect of ‘roller dynamics’ on storm erosion: Sylt, North Sea
RAPID report for research expedition DY146. 4 February – 9 March 2022, RRS Discovery. Research Expedition Report...