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New data has revealed that sea surface temperatures (SST) have already exceeded the record highs of 2023.
Commenting on the news, Dr Joel Hirschi, Associate Head of Marine Systems Modelling at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) said:
“Not only have we have seen record high sea surface temperatures, but the data show that these temperatures are appearing earlier than their usual peak of March. This means there is a high chance of seeing an increase in global SSTs over the next 1-2 months that markedly exceeds the 2023 record."
Our scientists are experts across a range of fields
Coastal management and protection
Sea level rise
Climate change and long term ocean measurements
Carbon capture and storage
Repeat climatic events such as El Niño
Anthropogenic influencers on our oceans and climate
Extreme ocean and weather events
Long-term oceanic observations
Technology for ocean measurements
Historic oceanographic data
Marine autonomous and robotic systems
The development of new instruments and technologies
Micro-organisms such as phytoplankton, picoplankton, zooplankton
Ocean acidification and coral bleaching
Deep sea exploration
Oceanographic mapping and bathymetry
Chemical cycling in the ocean
Deep sea minerals
Media Opportunities at the NOC
We are happy to welcome media to our sites, on fieldwork and onto our research ships where possible.
We welcome media visitors to both NOC sites, in Southampton and Liverpool, to film and interview our researchers. Access to the workshops and research facilities at both sites is possible by pre-arrangement. From time-to-time our Research Ships are docked in Southampton, usually while mobilising for the next research expedition, and it is sometimes possible to allow media access during this time. All opportunities to do so will be posted here. We open the doors to the Southampton site once a year to the public, usually on the closest Saturday to World Oceans Day (8 June).
The NOC Southampton has an ISDN line.
Joining Research Ships
There are sometimes opportunities for media to join scientific expeditions on-board the RRS Discovery and RRS James Cook. Media wishing to join a research expedition on a ship should read the Media Activities Aboard NERC Ships Policy and submit the formal request form contained within the document.
Shore-based fieldwork and vehicle deployments
Not all fieldwork takes place on board our research ships, we frequently participate in shore-based activities as well as shore-based deployments of autonomous vehicles. All opportunities to do so will be posted here.
Assistance with documentaries, entertainment and news programmes
We welcome expressions of interest and enquiries from producers and journalists and may be able to assist with the production of articles and programmes.
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