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
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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.
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.View the NOC Annual Report and Finances
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
Understanding the extent and implications of microplastic pollution on marine ecosystems health.
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
A quarter of the ocean floor is now mapped
The amount of seafloor mapped has risen to 24.9%. The global effort behind mapping the world’s entire ocean floor before the end of the decade is being spearheaded by Seabed 2030. The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC), part of NOC acts as the Global Centre for Seabed 2030. ....
90% of the >5000 species in Clarion-Clipperton Zone are new to science26 May 2023
First comprehensive checklist of life in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone compiled Over 90% of species in one of the most likely future mining sites...
Award for NOC’s Into the Blue podcast26 May 2023
NOC’s Into the Blue podcast has been awarded the prestigious Babcock First Sea Lord’s Award for Best Use of Digital Media at the Maritime...
Experts call for better collaboration to end plastic pollution23 May 2023
Alliances between science, industry, society and policy are essential to reduce the scourge of plastic pollution Experts are calling on the...
NOC Annual Financial Report celebrates ocean science and innovation18 May 2023
In our latest Annual Report and Financial Statements we share the great success stories as the UK’s leading marine research charity,...
NOC partners with Ploughshare to scale up its ocean innovations capabilities15 May 2023
The UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has partnered with Ploughshare to enhance the commercial activity of NOC’s trading subsidiary...
In pictures: Science Minister visits Solent LEP5 May 2023
Last week the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) hosted a visit from Science Minister George Freeman, as part of a wider tour of the Solent region...
Latest PublicationsSee all Publications
Dynamic sea-level changes and potential implications for storm surges in the UK: a storylines perspective
Comparison of rosette-shape traces in abyssal terrains: Environmental and faunal implications
Energy budget diagnosis of changing climate feedback
Carbon budgets of Scotia Sea mesopelagic zooplankton and micronekton communities during austral spring