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.
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NOC win Equality, Inclusivity & Diversity Initiative Award
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is delighted to have won the Equality, Inclusivity & Diversity Initiative Award at the Hampshire Business Awards 2023. The Award acknowledges businesses that have shown leadership in promoting diversity in all its forms, providing equal opportunities,...
30 November 2023
The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) is a key part of our planet’s climate system transporting heat thousands of...
28 November 2023
Locations south of 70 degrees south will be tested for microplastics and to assess the impact of climate change on the ocean. The analysis of...
27 November 2023
Professor Ed Hill CBE will retire as Chief Executive Officer of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in 2024, after more than twenty years since he...
16 November 2023
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is proud to congratulate Professor Stephanie Henson, NOC Principal Scientist on being awarded the European...
3 November 2023
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is thrilled to have been named the Employer of the Year 2023 at the Mersey Maritime Awards. The Maritime...
3 November 2023
World Tsunami Awareness Day is observed annually across the globe on 5 November, calling for countries, international bodies and civil society to...
Latest PublicationsSee all Publications
Global methane pledge versus carbon dioxide emission reduction
Informing ocean color inversion products by seeding with ancillary observations
Interpretation of net surface heat fluxes and meridional overturning circulations in global coupled HadGEM3 climate...
Magnitude, trends, and variability of the global ocean carbon sink from 1985 to 2018