About the NOC

The NOC, owned by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), undertakes integrated ocean research and technology development from the coast to the deep ocean. It provides long-term marine science capability including: major facilities; sustained ocean observing, mapping and survey, data management, and scientific advice. It was formed on 1 April 2010, by merging the NERC-managed parts of the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton with the NERC Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory at Liverpool.

A central goal of the NOC strategy is to create integration between research disciplines in order to tackle the greatest environmental challenges of our age. The NOC is working with a range of partners from institutions, both within the UK and internationally, aiming to advance our knowledge concerning 8 key Scientific and Technological areas of research.


  • The NOC is owned by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC); the UK’s primary funding agency for research in environmental sciences
  • The ultimate governing body for the NOC is the Council of NERC
  • Strategic priorities of the NOC are outlined in the ‘Taking the Lead’ document.


  • The NOC receives funding from NERC to support essential marine science national capability
  • The centre also wins grants from other sources including NERC competitive funding sources.

Read about the NOC leadership, or find out about our history.