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Posted: 12 January 2021
Hilbre Island old lifeboat station, UK

A new citizen science project launched today is inviting the public to help recover data from historic tide gauge ledgers from the North West of England and convert it into...

Posted: 16 December 2020
A submarine glider in Antarctic waters

A research mission to determine the impact of the giant A-68a iceberg on one of the world’s most important ecosystems gets underway next month.  A team of scientists, led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), will set sail on one of the National...

Posted: 8 December 2020
RAPID research expedition on RRS Discovery December 2020

Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery departed Southampton today to measure one of the world’s largest system of ocean currents, the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). 

Posted: 3 December 2020
marine copepods (pictured) are frequently associated with sinking particles of detritus in the ocean. Scale bar ≈ 1mm.

Understanding the feeding habits of zooplankton has the potential to dramatically improve the ability of scientists to predict changes in ocean carbon storage and our future climate, a new study has found


Posted: 24 November 2020
Cutthroat eels (Ilyophis arx, Family Synaphobranchidae) swarming at a small bait package deployed on the summit of an unnamed abyssal seamount in the southwestern Clarion Clipperton Zone at a depth of 3083 m.

The largest aggregation of fishes ever recorded in the abyssal deep sea was discovered by a team of oceanographers from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH, USA), Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI, USA) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC, UK). Their findings...

Posted: 24 November 2020
Dr Allison Schaap prepares sensors for pressure testing

This month marks the start of a new international collaboration to better understand the ultra deep-sea through innovative adaptation of sensors to withstand the crushing pressures at depths of down to 11,000 metres.

Funded through the NERC...

Posted: 21 November 2020
Copernicus Sentinel-6 over the Maldives.jpg

A satellite that will allow UK scientists to measure sea level rise, one of the biggest threats posed by climate change, launched on a SpaceX rocket today from Vandenberg, California.  

Thanks to...

Posted: 13 November 2020

A new project being led by the National Oceanography Centre to develop a system to improve the efficiency of offshore renewable energy generation and help develop the Blue Economy has been awarded funding from Innovate UK’s...

Posted: 13 November 2020
Left: Lab-On-Chip chemical sensors (foreground) with Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (submarine) Autosub Long Range behind. Right: CAD model showing Autosub Long Range with seven Lab-On-Chip nutrient sensors in the nose and four Lab-On-Chip and one electrochemical sensor for the ocean carbonate (CO2) system at the stern.

International ocean technology experts from the UK, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, and Spain are uniting to develop a range of new in-situ sensing, imaging and sampling technologies that will improve our understanding of the chemistry and biology of the ocean under a...

Posted: 12 November 2020

The NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre has announced that BAE Systems is joining its thriving technology development community as an Affiliate Partner.

The NOC and BAE Systems have collaborated on a number of exciting Marine Autonomous Systems and Oceanographic research...