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
Ocean temperatures are reaching new highs
New datarevealed that sea surface temperatures (SST) have already exceeded the record highs of 2023. Commenting on the news, Dr Joel Hirschi, AssociateHead of Marine Systems Modelling at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) said: “Not only have we have seen record high...
15 February 2024
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is delighted to once again be hosting the collaborative West P&I Science Bursary to empower students and...
9 February 2024
Phytoplankton are microscopic organisms including bacteria, algae and animals that drift with the ocean currents. Although tiny, they play a very...
2 February 2024
New research led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has shown a significant time difference in the rate of particles sinking to the bottom...
31 January 2024
With its depths teeming with diverse life and dynamic natural events, the Ocean is anything but silent. Advanced technology now gives scientists...
22 January 2024
A brand-new textbook “Noisy Oceans: Monitoring Seismic and Acoustic Signals in the Marine Environment” has brought to life the diverse...
19 January 2024
NOC contributes expertise to three of five innovative digital twin projects awarded £2.8 million funding. The NOC-led project MAS-DT will...
Latest PublicationsSee all Publications
Large diversity in AMOC internal variability across NEMO-based climate models
Climate tipping point interactions and cascades: a review
Seasonality in carbon flux attenuation explains spatial variability in transfer efficiency
Defining the target population to make marine image-based biological data FAIR