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Posted: 26 March 2019
Mineral deposits, in the form of potato-sized nodules, which cover wide areas of the world’s sea floor, are extremely important in structuring communities of deep-sea animals according to research published this week by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).... Read more
Posted: 21 March 2019
Research led by the University of Southampton (UK) and involving National Oceanography Centre (NOC) scientists suggests that ‘rogue’ waves are occurring less often, but becoming more extreme. Scientists have, for the first time, used long-term data from a wide expanse of ocean to investigate how... Read more
Posted: 19 March 2019
The NOC has contributed to a new report titled ‘Maximising the Marine Economy in the Highlands and Islands’ (MAXiMAR). The Highlands and Islands has enormous potential in developing the marine economy according to the new study which focuses on supporting the growth of aquaculture, energy and... Read more
Posted: 15 March 2019
Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2019 It was a good double whammy for the NOC at the fifth annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards, held in Liverpool this week (14 March), with two projects picking up top honours. WireWall, led by the NOC’s Dr Jenny Brown, walked away with the ‘Positive Impact’ award, and the anyTide app, led by Dr... Read more
Posted: 15 March 2019
Ocean glider deployments State-of-the-art ocean robots are currently profiling waters off South Africa to collect data that supports a UK-Africa partnership aimed at improving understanding of how regional fisheries are sustained. The robots – known as ocean gliders – change their buoyancy which enables them to glide... Read more
Posted: 12 March 2019
Scientists at the NOC have released a forward-looking review of how marine robotic capabilities can support the environmental monitoring needed for decommissioning oil and gas installations. This review shows how already-existing sensors and autonomous platforms could be used to assess all the... Read more
Posted: 12 March 2019
Fishing vessels and large cargo ships off Zanzibar Key areas of the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal and the Pacific should be designated protected areas in order to safeguard vulnerable coastal communities’ livelihoods, new research published this week reveals.
 ‘Ecological connectivity between the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction and coastal... Read more
Posted: 1 March 2019
Large krill swarms in the Southern Ocean could help remove additional carbon from the atmosphere, in a way that is currently ‘hidden’ in global models. The new findings were recently published in Nature Communications by scientists from the NOC and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Antarctic... Read more
Posted: 22 February 2019
Research published in Nature Communications today may help forecast severe hurricane seasons by identifying the common ocean factors in three of the most active hurricane seasons since 1980. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was the most costly to date, with estimates of damage at £275bn. Yet... Read more
Posted: 15 February 2019
A new whole Earth system computer model developed in the UK has just been launched. By providing a representation of the planet that draws on all environmental science disciplines, this model will help researchers make better forecasts of environmental change, such as the impact of climate... Read more