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.
Impact Report 2020
We know the ocean is critical to life on earth, yet we are facing a dramatic decline in ocean health, with human activity affecting sea levels, temperature and the millions of species that call the ocean home. Our ambition is to make a positive impact, drive change and bring public benefit in all we do.
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
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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.
22 October 2021
Registration for the free online course Ocean Science in Action: Addressing Marine Ecosystems and Food Security in the Western Indian Ocean is now...
13 October 2021
The UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is partnering with Subsea 7, a global leader in the delivery of offshore projects for the energy...
8 October 2021
Earlier this week, climate science was recognised in the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2021, when a share of the prize was jointly...
7 October 2021
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) and Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) are...
5 October 2021
Today marks one year since the launch of the National Oceanography Centre’s highly successful Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The course...
29 September 2021
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is calling on political and financial investment to address one of the world’s greatest challenges of...
Latest PublicationsSee all Publications
Exploring ocean biogeochemistry using a lab-on-chip phosphate analyser on an underwater glider
Regional asymmetries in ocean heat and carbon storage due to dynamic redistribution in climate model projections
Ocean carbon cycle feedbacks in CMIP6 models: contributions from different basins
Productivity driven by Tana river discharge is spatially limited in Kenyan coastal waters