Science and Research
Our planet is constantly changing and climate change poses a big threat to society.
Together 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 the biosphere.
The NOC is a pioneer of ocean technology – pushing the boundaries of endurance and capability every single time we make a deployment. Through decades of hard-won experience at the forefront of ocean measurement, the lessons we have learned are carried forward to generation after generation of ocean-going platforms and sensors.
Our Enduring Mission is to Make Sense of Changing Seas
The National Oceanography Centre has been in existence in its various forms for over six decades, is one of the largest charities in the UK, has an annual turnover of over £60 million, employs over 600 staff and is one of the few research organisations globally that has the equipment and expertise to operate at full ocean depth.
Big Science for Big Challenges
By 2025 there will be nine billion people on Earth, with populations growing fastest in low-lying coastal regions. We are increasingly turning to the oceans to address the three big challenges.
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 the health of marine ecosystems.
RRS James Cook Virtual Tour
Explore one of the world’s most advanced research vessels from the bridge to the engine room.
Funded by the UK government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, new innovative autonomous vehicles, sensors and software developed at the NOC push the boundaries of ocean exploration.
Free online course
'Addressing marine ecosystems and food security in the Western Indian Ocean’ is a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) starting 5 Oct 2020.
New study estimates there is at least ten times more plastic in the Atlantic than previously thought
The mass of ‘invisible’ microplastics found in the upper waters of the Atlantic Ocean is approximately 12–21 million tonnes.
24 November 2020
The largest aggregation of fishes ever recorded in the abyssal deep sea was discovered by a team of oceanographers from the University of Hawai...
24 November 2020
This month marks the start of a new international collaboration to better understand the ultra deep-sea through innovative adaptation of sensors to...
21 November 2020
A satellite that will allow UK scientists to measure sea level rise, one of the biggest threats posed by climate change, launched on a SpaceX rocket...
13 November 2020
A new project being led by the National Oceanography Centre to develop a system to improve the efficiency of offshore renewable energy generation and...
13 November 2020
International ocean technology experts from the UK, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, and Spain are uniting to...
12 November 2020
The NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre has announced that BAE Systems is joining its thriving technology development community as an...
Caribbean-wide online workshop on Coastal Monitoring and Modelling for Small Island Developing States
The NOC is inviting interested persons, particularly from the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to participate in an online stakeholder workshop on Coastal Monitoring and Modelling for SIDS.
Latest PublicationsSee all
Semi-automated analysis of microplastics in complex wastewater samples
Role of dense shelf water in the development of Antarctic submarine canyon morphology
Comparison of mesozooplankton communities at three shallow seamounts in the South West Indian Ocean
Idealised modelling of offshore-forced sea level hot spots and boundary waves along the North American East Coast