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
Be part of the community shaping our ocean’s futureGet involved
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
In our latest Annual Report and Financial Statements, we share the great success stories as the UK’s leading marine research charity, building a world where everyone feels empowered and inspired to help the Ocean thrive.Read the NOC Annual Report and Finances (pdf)
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
Underwater phenomena including: landslides, volcanic eruptions, turbidity currents and tsunamis; these represent a threat to humans and the environment.
RRS Discovery Virtual Tour
Explore one of the world’s most advanced research vessels from bridge to engine room.
Aims to establish a Global Coastal Ocean Model Intercomparison Programme that will provide climate change impacts and hazard assessments to future IPCC reports.
A free Ocean Science in Action educational video course.
NewsSee all News
Fastest underwater flow on Earth created by the most explosive volcanic eruption ever recorded
New research led by NOC has shown how the massive Hunga volcano eruption in 2022 triggered the fastest underwater flows ever recorded. The flows cut the only international subsea cable that connected to Tonga. This left a whole nation disconnected from the rest of the world during a...
29 September 2023
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has announced the opening of registration for this year’s Marine and Autonomy Technology Showcase (...
29 September 2023
Studying the physical processes within our ocean and their interaction with the atmosphere and coastlines is vital in understanding the impacts of...
22 September 2023
NOC scientists have contributed to a new report published in the UK Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) The report shows...
15 September 2023
The extraordinary tale of HMS Challenger’s expedition – the daring three-year scientific odyssey led by the Royal Navy 150 years ago that...
12 September 2023
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has opened applications for their Science Bursary in partnership with West P&I Club. Throughout the...
31 August 2023
Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have deployed ocean robots and moorings to collect key data in the Gulf Stream Processes...
Latest PublicationsSee all Publications
Evaluation of operational ocean forecasting systems from the perspective of the users and the experts
Major fine-scale spatial heterogeneity in accumulation of gelatinous carbon fluxes on the deep seabed
Unraveling regional patterns of sea level acceleration over the China Seas
Arctic sea ice, ocean, and climate evolution